Spending a lot of time at the airport is not a pleasant thing, except when it's about real architectural jewels. Here is a small tour of the most beautiful airports in the world, in China, the United States, Korea, Spain...
The 6 most beautiful airports in the world
There are airports that do not go unnoticed and impress even travelers from around the world. The countries know this well and that is why they hire renowned architects to build them, such as Zaha Hadid or Santiago Calatrava. They build more and more colossal and splendid buildings. Let us present you 6 of the most beautiful international airports, places that are unanimously appreciated.
Al Maktoum (Dubai World Central), Uae (DWC)
Dubai is a very attractive and ambitious emirate. In its desire to make its skyscrapers, hotels and other foundations the best in the world, it has given life to Al Maktoum Airport, in the south of the city, 70 kilometers from Dubai International Airport (DXB). It was born with the pretentious goal of handling a flow of 260 million passengers per year, more than two times the usual number of passengers at the world's busiest airports. Al Maktoum, also known as Dubai World Central, opened in 2013, but only handles 11 airlines, according to its website. Expansion work has been delayed several times and the first phase will not be ready until at least 2030. Today, the airport, considered as one of the world's finest, can only handle 26.5 million passengers a year, and the number of actual customers was 900,000 in 2018, according to Bloomberg...
Beijing Daxing, China (PKX)
The team of the famous architect Zaha Hadid, who passed away in 2016, has transformed one of the world's most beautiful airports into a starfish. Since its opening in September 2019, it has been the world's largest airport (a title also claimed by the new airport in Istanbul, Turkey). Also known as Beijing New Airport, it is the second to operate in the Chinese capital. It is estimated that the Asian giant's government paid some $17.47 billion for its construction. Located in the Daxing district, south of Beijing (46 kilometers from Tiananmen Square), it is expected to handle 45 million passengers per year by 2021.
Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco (RAK)
Two terminals and a long existence of 12 years. It is small compared to the previous ones, but unanimously considered as one of the most beautiful. The light that penetrates it is filtered by the arabesques that cover the windows. The result is a beautiful play of light and shadow. It combines modernity and tradition and has a facade with glass decorations in the Islamic style. This is where Iberia, Ryanair and Easyjet, among other European airlines, land and take off.
Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Luxury stores shine more brightly in this space, as they are numerous and huge, competing with movie theaters and Playstations. One of the most sought-after corners for travelers is the Discovery Garden, with tree-like sculptures, very much in the Singaporean style. Changi also has a garden with more than 100 species of cacti and arid plants from the deserts and drylands of Asia, Africa and America. It is generally at the top of all airport rankings.
Denver International Airport, United States (DEN)
Designed by Fentress Architects, it will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020. Its Jeppesen terminal is the most photographed in the world: its conical roof evokes the snow-capped mountains and the early history of Colorado, when Native American teepees were set up on the Great Plains.
Madrid-Barajas, Spain (MAD)
Terminal 4 was designed by architects Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers. Whenever we have to travel miles to reach our gate, we praise its architecture. The bright T4 stands out for the materials used in its construction (colorful steel beams support a bamboo roof) and for its elegant design.
Elko Tilla | September 21
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