Airports are one of those zealous places where you’ll easily perceive the differentiating element between serene and scuttling footwear. It’s one of those extraordinary places where bidding a farewell or waiting for Neverland managed to find its true meaning. Perhaps, that’s exactly why these exceptional places are designed remarkably, falling into a line of aesthetics and precision.
Here’s a list of such aesthetic craftsmanship that stands out. If you happen to visit, one these airports, I’d recommend you to arrive a couple of minutes early, just have a cup of your favourite beverage and have a quality time.
Heydar Aliyev Airport
Designed and Perfected by Autoban Designs, Turkey.
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport, sited in the capital city of Azerbaijan, is an architectural ecstasy for anyone who digs a contemporary design on timber, glass, stone, textiles and curvilinear structures.
The giant ‘cocoon’ structures in the interior stand out to grab your attention, no matters how deep you try to concentrate on rest of the lean glass walls or the lighting techniques used.
Hamad International Airport
Location: Doha, Qatar
Designed and perfected by HOK (formerly Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum)
It should be the 23’ foot giant yellow teddy that drags you further towards the terminal or the contemporary mix of Mediterranean and western style of interiors. Every wall, every counter, every indication, has a Qatari touch and I guess that’s what differentiates HIA from other airports.
This sumptuous new phase of Qatar’s new airport has literally everything you want, from a list of luxurious lounges that urges you to never leave to a swimming pool that will calm your soul.
Marrakech International Airport
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Designed and perfected by E2A Architecture
E2A Architecture gave a contemporary and modern outlook to the airport of Marrakech while reserving the Moroccan tradition.
But the real humdinger here is the extension, which features a space where the light which comes in is filtered by the arabesques that cover the windows and enriches the visual contact between the inside and the outside. This, in turn, offers a set of lights and shadows in every hour of the day, giving the new terminal a particular brightness.
Denver International Airport
Location – Denver, U.S.A
Designed and perfected by: Perez Architects, Fentress Bradburn Architects, Pouw & Associates, and Bertram A. Bruton & Associates
This Iconic design of canopy roofing reminds you of the Colorado’s snow-capped mountains, the rugged covered wagons of pioneer settlers, and Native American teepees which can be spotted from the airport. Using this superlight cutting-edge structure as a replacement for steel saved around USD $115 million in the budget and reduced construction schedule by 9 months.
Oh and, this structure is world’s then-largest and most famous fabric roof
Wellington International Airport
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Designed and perfected by Studio Pacific Architecture and Warren and Mahoney
Inspired by the environment around Wellington airport, “The Rock” ( Codename of Wellington International Airport ) makes a visual link with rocks around the coast and serves as a new benchmark for New Zealand’s creative buildings.
The introduction of fissures and strata have articulated the form, scale and massing of the design. And the best part is, at night the glow from the timber-lined, cocoon-like interior is an absolute delight to watch.
If you fancy Lord of the Rings, there’s something you’d absolutely love.
A giant Gollum would greet you at Wellington.