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Favourite Airport Architecture....

Sun Oct 19, 2003 1:50 pm

Please forgive me if this topic has been previously discussed, but which airports do you particularly admire for their aesthetics?

Perhaps my favourite is BIO Sondica, I was amazed with Calatrava's design and in my opinion is the most amazing building in Bilbao!
The UA terminal at ORD definitely seems to capture the Broad Shoulders feel of Chicago, and the design is very reminiscent of Helmut Jahn's work in the State of IL building and others around the city.
Of course, timeless classics like Saarinen's IAD and T5 at JFK, each specially designed for the onset of the jet age, and I really do hope that B6 will be able to use the existing structure in some manner.
I would adore a visit to KIX -- this past summer I visited a Renzo Piano exhibition at the Louisiana museum in Copenhagen, and from what I understand of the building, there is no central duct system, but rather the design allows for the outside winds to be channeled through, sweeping high above the floor of the terminal whilst mobiles and moving sculptures flutter away...

any thoughts?
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Sun Oct 19, 2003 1:52 pm

the old TWA building at JFK.

I saw it a few mornings ago with G-BOAC sitting behind it as BA 004 and the sun rising behind them.

Twas a sight that no photo could comprehend. Amazing!
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Sun Oct 19, 2003 1:59 pm

Mine, hands down is O'Hare in ORD.
And DIA here in the mile high city of DEN.

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Sun Oct 19, 2003 1:59 pm

my vote goes to 2 airports...

1) the main terminal over at IAD
2) KIX terminal.
 
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Sun Oct 19, 2003 2:12 pm

you can't go wrong with the entire airport in DEN. Great atmosphere, how come no one has said anything about CLE?!!!! Nuts
 
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Sun Oct 19, 2003 2:17 pm

UAL777Contrail:

Agreed. Chicago is my home so maybe I'm biased, but there is just something so welcoming about T1 ORD that lets you know you're back in the windy city.

DEN is also a great looking facility all around and the new International Terminal A at PHL is also nice as well.

Like others I also like KIX and only hope to get there someday.
 
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Sun Oct 19, 2003 2:18 pm

Top three:
1. Main terminal at IAD
2. UA terminals B & C at ORD
3. Main terminal at DEN

Honorable mention: D/E concourse at PDX...what an improvement from what used to be there!

Bottom three:
1. Terminal 3 at LHR
2. North satellite at SEA...still has the '72 look from the outside
3. MDW (this was before they did the big remodel...I haven't been there since)

Dishonorable mention: Concourse C & D at IAD. Go through there at rush hour and you'll get a pretty good idea of what it must be like to be in a sardine can...narrow, dim, if you're claustophic, find another airport!
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Sun Oct 19, 2003 2:27 pm

Out of the places I've been to: KIX, DTW, MCO, OKA. TYS gets an honorable mention as being pretty cozy and welcoming but not really anything inspiring. Out of where I haven't been to, HKG, MUC, ORD, DEN, and KUL look really nice. I'm looking forward to seeing what Central Japan Int'l (Nagoya) will look like when it opens in 2005.
Kansai is definitely an amazing airport, I've been there a few times and the place always amazes me. Here's some nice pics of the inteirior: http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/photo/in.htm (Site in Japanese, but pictures will show up, just click on the button with the magnifying glass to get a bigger pic).
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Sun Oct 19, 2003 3:19 pm

My favorite: Vancouver YVR. Absolutely beautiful and clean. A great airport.

My least favorite: The Old Detroit main terminal before the new NWA one was built. An absolute mess.

Not the best either: Chicago Midway. It is in need of a rennovation soon.
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Sun Oct 19, 2003 3:37 pm

Another nice one is PEK, I thought it was real nice.

I never thought LHR was that good, dirty and very used.


About DIA, I like the B concourse because it is very easy. If you are flying in and out of "B" on United and going from UAL to UAL then it is a very neat and clean airport.

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Sun Oct 19, 2003 3:45 pm

Kansai in Osaka is quite striking;


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Sun Oct 19, 2003 3:57 pm

CDG. I never been there but Ive seen many pictures that look really good, i will have the chance to visit it personally on Dec. 20 so hopefully it lives up to expectations
 
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Sun Oct 19, 2003 6:04 pm

Kuala Lumpur is a pretty striking airport to fly into... the lighting inside the terminals further enhances its magical ambience...


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Sun Oct 19, 2003 6:33 pm

I like the style of HKG and KIX  Smile
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Sun Oct 19, 2003 7:16 pm

One of my favorites is ORD and least favorites is MDW. At least they're not too far away from each other. MDW reminds me of those very old terminals that aren't maintained, although I heard Chicago was working on that airport.
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Sun Oct 19, 2003 7:38 pm

NONE OF THE UK AIRPORTS ARE PARTICULARLY INSPIRING.
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Mon Oct 20, 2003 2:20 am

IAD


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Mon Oct 20, 2003 2:35 am

DUS:


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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 2:40 am

How about CDG termianal 1
as well as IAD
and the old TWA terminal
 
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 2:52 am

Paris' CDG "donut" terminal 1 gets my first pick. Also gotta like the main concourse at Washington's IAD, and the tower...
 
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Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:39 am

Although it's not a new terminal, Terminal 5 at LAX will always be my favorite.

It was one of the last terminals to be updated during the big LAX remodel in the 1980s... Western drew up the plans, with the goal of creating a "California-style" terminal. By the time Delta took over, it was too late to change it to a more utilitarian design.

It's full of light, palm trees, marble and seating. It definitely has a California feel to it - like strolling down the pier in Venice or Santa Monica.
 
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Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:47 am

Best architecture has to go to LAX for me!

It should be the set for the next James Bond film!!!!


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Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:49 am

Although not the prettiest, I love the open air terminals of HNL. They're awesome.

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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:55 am

Best architecture in Europe:
Paris CDG 1 & 2 and new BIO in Bilbao, Spain
North & South America: TWA terminal at JFK
Asia-Australasia: KUL, KIX, and HKG

 
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Mon Oct 20, 2003 7:06 am

United's terminals B and C at O'Hare...the Best! And Vancouver's for all around pleasantness. It even smells good, like cedar, as you leave the terminal. DIA is very impressive with its wide open spaces but a little garish, lacking the élan and belle epoque energy of O'Hare. Dulles used to be wonderful until they went the Hartsfield route with outlying terminals, like filling stations, reachable only by underground or bus. TWA's Saarinen terminal is an historical monument, unique and beautiful but looking a little dindgy these days, like all of JFK.
 
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Mon Oct 20, 2003 7:13 am

IMO nothing beats the mountainous tent at DEN.

However, I really like PHL's new International Terminal A-West, (though as it's my home airport, I am probably biased).
I'd rather be flying.
 
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 7:48 am

The timeless pragmatism of ATL's design is driven home at DEN.

Both are extremely scalable airports offering easy connections.

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Mon Oct 20, 2003 7:59 am

In the Middle East, Riyadh King Khaled International Airport (RUH) tops them all:







The new Dammam King Fahad International Airport (DMM) is another impressive one:












Dubai International Airport (DXB) is another impressive one:




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Beirut International Airport (BEY) has a very nice departure hall:


Although the arrival hall is bland:


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Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:15 am

The DL side of MCO. Absolutely stunning. I flew NW out of MCO and I was very unimpressed with their side of the airport. But when I flew in on DL, their terminal is GORGEUS.
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:25 am

The old North Terminal at EWR was a true work of art...

I always liked the Marine Air Terminal at LGA and also think that MXP is pretty sharp looking.
 
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Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:34 am

Control tower at Boston.
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:47 am

Me
1. New Mc Namera Terminal at DTW
2. ORD
3. LHR
 
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 10:31 am

Stockholm.....very impressed with the SkyCity and how the Radisson Hotel is built into the side of the terminal. Its a real pleasure to spend the night in the hotel and wake up with the view of the terminal below and the aircraft outside.
 
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Mon Oct 20, 2003 10:46 am

Of the airports I have been to, I like Incheon International Airport. It has an airy open feeling. The gate areas are literally all glass. Great views of the ramp and if you have the right gate the active runways.
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Mon Oct 20, 2003 11:01 am



Bill Daniel's Lear 35 on display at DEN's C Concourse.
 
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Mon Oct 20, 2003 3:13 pm

Richard28:
LAX was in a scene from Bond's,"Diamonds Are Forever".
From LAX, Bond and "nice" friends,drove to Las Vegas.
Strange. I guess Vegas wasn't a International Airport
at that time.

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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 3:37 pm

Speaking of Airports I have seen my self I would say:

KUL
ICN
RUH
DXB (except walking hours to get to several gates)
ZRH (Terminal E)
CDG (2E only)
VTE (the Intl Terminal has been done in a quite nice Lao style)
and others ...
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 5:18 pm

hehe...Just wait for the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. You'll be impressed.

But for me right now, I would say I love the HK's Chek Lap Kok structure. Easy access to the aircraft and lots of interesting planes to observe.

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Mon Oct 20, 2003 5:31 pm

BA, wonderful photography and very beautiful airports.
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:59 pm

KUL has got to be it.

Others include DXB, HKG and FRA (from the ground, at least)
 
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 10:09 pm

For those of you commenting on MDW, it has been totally rebuilt, and the horrid F gates are no longer...

My favs include:
DTW (McNamara)
ORD (Terminal 5 -- from the exterior, at least)
PHL (new international Terminal)

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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Mon Oct 20, 2003 11:05 pm

From the airports where I have been to:

ICN and GMP in Seoul (Korea)
fly Korean Air ....
 
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Mon Oct 20, 2003 11:55 pm

My favorite has got to be Prague (PRG). It's not big, but very modern & attractive. A wonderful place to spend some time!
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Tue Oct 21, 2003 1:01 am

I haven't been to too many airports, but from those that I have been to, I would say that I enjoy DEN and YVR the most.
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Tue Oct 21, 2003 1:29 am

no has stated C3 in EWR, that terminal is right up there with others.
 
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Tue Oct 21, 2003 1:35 am

even though its not open yet... plug for T1-NEW at Toronto LBPIA (YYZ/CYYZ)

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Tue Oct 21, 2003 1:37 am

Being from New Jersey, the Continental terminal at EWR is also one of my favorites, and most visited.
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triley1057
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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Wed Oct 22, 2003 2:33 am

Some of my favorites: VIE, MUC, DTW, CDG, and the new new terminal E at IAH. (For all you EWR fans, this terminal is very similar to the World Gateway.)
 
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Wed Oct 22, 2003 5:05 am

IAD- Favorite Classic
DL/MCO-Most Hotel-Like
SFO- Favorite Remodel
ATL-Favorite International Terminal
LAX- Favorite Observation Deck PERIOD
CVG-Favorite Commuter Terminal
CDG- Favorite Overall


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RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

Thu Oct 23, 2003 8:48 am

What a great topic...

My votes go to the following:

In Europe:
FRA is superb, particularly the DB Station
CDG, both T1 and T2 are fantastic
HAM is a great airport design
ORY is a classic example of 1960s terminal design
HAM is a great airport design

In North America:
Terminals 3 (former Pan Am Worldport) and 5 (former TWA terminal) at JFK are excellent. Terminal 8 looked like a great building but is now being replaced by the new AA terminal, however, the new AA terminal looks nice also.

At LAX, Terminal 5 (the Delta Oasis Terminal) is absolutely fantastic. It's the most luxurious terminal I've been in. The elegant, serene distribution of light is relaxing, the tropical gardens comforting, and the general environment extremely pleasurable. LAX also features the signature Theme Building.

IAD has an excellent building that I would like to see sometime.

STL's beautiful design was award winning when first introduced in 1956, and the vaulted roofs are inspiring.

I am sure there are many other worthy terminals out there, and I've seen pictures of a lot of other terminals that are very possbily as good as these. To list all of the terminals I like however would take about 50 pages.  Smile

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