When embarking for your much needed vacation getaway, there's only one thing standing between you and your coveted destination: the airport. In recent years, the design of major airports have become associated with poor architecture: large, warehouse-like halls that to rush people through the terminals; overhead fluorescent lighting; and haphazard layouts. With often drab, nondescript designs, airports have becoming one of the most disliked parts of taking a vacation. The jet era's golden age, defined by iconic airport structures like the Pan Am Worldport and TWA Terminal, seems like a distant past.
Fortunately, in recent years as major international cities continue to grow, new airports have been commissioned that make the visual experience within the structure a top priority. No longer just a place to be shuttled between two locations, contemporary airports have becomr exemplary examples of design in their own right. By emphasizing a welcoming approach to the entrance, embracing new materials and eccentric forms, and maximizing natural lighting, the following airports bring back jet age glamour to air travel.
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B by Fentress Architects, San Jose, California
Indianapolis International Airport, Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal by HOK, Indianapolis