I’m not a big fan airports. They’re just a necessary obstacle that gets in the way of being where you want to go. British ones are generally especially bad on that score (and I haven’t even had the misfortune of using terminal 5 yet).
So it’s nice to travel occasionally through one that’s well-laid out and beautifully designed:
The flowing ceiling is so beautiful I really didn’t mind being there at all. I wish more airports showed that kind of imagination.
It’s not my favourite though – Dulles airport in Washington DC wins that hand down. Designed by Finnish Architect Eero Saarinen (who designed the nearly-as-lovely old TWA terminal at JFK), its roof is in one single swooping curve. It’s breathtaking.
(Picture by Feuillu)