Press release: Circling Inner Mongolia
Planning for the new transport hub or ‘landport’ and gateway at Heishantou (approximately 1500 km northeast of Hohot) also bears witness to the vision of Inner Mongolia’s bureaucrats. Essentially an airport terminal for trucks, cars and trains but not airplanes, the ‘land port’ was designed by Allen Jack+Cottier, in association with Appleyard Forrest. It comprises a terminal building, separate processing areas for domestic and commercial vehicles, trains, and a passenger terminal with a gross site area of approximately 6 sq km.
The hub will be capable of scanning passenger passports, as well as X-raying and weighing semi-trailers and inspection trains. Allen Jack+Cottier’s design draws on the repository of local artwork, customs and dress in terms of colour and shapes, clearly differentiating the land port from its vast, harsh surroundings, and conveying a sense of arrival and welcome to the weary traveller.