I'm interested in how many more of these architectural gems there are at airports today. It is notoriously difficult to retain heritage buildings at airports due to operational pressures, but I'd be surprised if there aren't a fair few of these old buildings which have survived. Just to be clear, I'm not after modern terminals which are architecturally brilliant, but rather older buildings from before the age of the jumbo jets that still stand at a modern airport.
One I know well is SYD, where a 1940s era building which served as a terminal, offices and the second control tower, still stands in the domestic terminal precinct. The building is heritage protected, and noted as such on the airport's master plan, but it is in the way of the intended connection between T2 and T3, so its future is not assured.
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5716 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4875 times:
Washington's Dulles Airport, as originally built and before all the ho-hum stuff grew up around it, was beautifully proportioned and astonishingly good looking as seen from the access road coming over the last hill from town.
I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4324 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3930 times:
BIO (Bilbao) in Spain is a masterpiece of art, designed by Calatrava. Also the inside of the terminal is of wonderful architecture, with beautiful lines and crystal clear glass (you won't notice any reflections).
Both the TWA Flight Center and the Dulles terminal are designed by a Finnish architect Eero Saarinen.
Outside the airport terminals, his most famous work in US probably is the Gateway Arch in St Louis.
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4579 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3897 times:
Quoting Royalairmaroc (Reply 10): Marrakech's new terminal is unique. I don't think there is a design similar to it ?
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 12): BIO (Bilbao) in Spain is a masterpiece of art, designed by Calatrava. Also the inside of the terminal is of wonderful architecture, with beautiful lines and crystal clear glass (you won't notice any reflections).
Thanks for those, but like I said at the beginning, I'm not really talking about new structures which are architectural masterpieces, but rather older structures that have survived as part of a modern airport:
Quoting VirginFlyer (Thread starter): Just to be clear, I'm not after modern terminals which are architecturally brilliant, but rather older buildings from before the age of the jumbo jets that still stand at a modern airport.
Maybe I should be a bit more specific - lets say structures which were built prior to 1965 (when the 747 project began).
It's in use as office space or maybe a cargo building or something, but not as a terminal. The current terminal at CLT dates from the early 1980s.
I know "midcentury modern" architecture usually doesn't get much love, but I'm kind of a fan. Good examples of that type of architecture in airport terminals would be DAL (particularly before it got it's "face lift" in the 1980s), and even (I know I'll probably get a lot of disagreement here) the Smith Terminal at DTW. The aformentioned old CLT terminal would be an example as well.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26517 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3853 times:
The original art deco terminal building (including control tower) at Liverpool dates from the late 1930s and is a protected historic building. It was left derelict for about a decade after the new terminal opened in the 1980s until it was restored and converted to a hotel in the late 1990s (originally a Marriott, now a Crowne Plaza).