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Hajj Terminal in Saudi Arabia Selected to Receive 2010 AIA Twenty-five Year Award

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Hajj Terminal at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, designed by the Chicago and New York offices of SOM, has been selected to receive the 2010 AIA Twenty-Five Year award. The AIA Twenty-five Year Award recognizes an architectural design that has stood the test of time for 25 years. The space serves as a gateway for millions of pilgrims who journey to the holy cite of Mecca each year. The Hajj Terminal, completed in 1981, is a tented structure that covers 120 acres and 2.8 million square feet. The Hajj Terminal form, site relationship and circulation patterns are drawn entirely from the need to accommodate massive groups from all over the world in a short timeframe. SOM joined this stringent functional requirement with vital cultural and vernacular references. The tent structure that makes up the terminal’s roof strongly resembles vernacular Bedouin shelters and Hajj pilgrim tent