Airport is the place of hellos and goodbyes, of arrivals and departures, the place where a new journey starts, but also the first place to welcome you home.
It is such an important public space where many people spend their hours waiting for the next part of their journeys. The interiors of the airports plays an important role to retain passengers interest, at the same time creates a positive ambience to ensure a pleasing and calm experience. We are so glad architects now have seen the need for one or two uplifting touches to the terminals they design.
Here we are looking at the top airport interiors with inspirational original designs around the world. We love all of them.
- The Baku International Airport, Azerbaijan
The Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan features a series of 16 wooden cocoons, which are used for various functions from ticket kiosks to cafe and children’s playroom. The Istanbul based architects, Autoban, created an intricate wooden ‘village’ within the Airport Terminal to “encourage wandering and make it engaging”. The organic forms of the cocoon give a more human scale to the large terminal space. The Cocoons range from roughly 30 sq m to 350 sq m with some of them as high as 10m and as wide as 12m, one particular type contains two stories. The structure of the cocoon is made up of a lattice of wooden beam that interlock via precut dovetail joints. In some of the cocoon types, this structure is exposed to allow ‘wanderers’ a peek inside. Apparently when design the cocoons the designer team used Rhinoceros and AutoCAD to design the cocoons and 3ds Max to place the cocoons into the overall interior design.
We loved this design because it amazed us of what beautiful thing you could do with timber, our favourite building material.
Source: Living Space
Baku International Airport, Azerbaijan
2. Madrid – Barajas, Spain
Another airport interiors that brought timber to live. The award-winning Brajas Airport in Madrid, Spain, designed by Richard Rogers Partnership won the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the £20,000 Stirling Prize. It is no surprise as Richard Rogers Partnership is also known for many other designs, among others, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Millenium Dome in London.
“It’s all about colour and light and space and transparency and it’s all about making people look as though they are important in that space; they’re not squashed by low ceilings or dominated by retail and shops,’ said Lord Rogers of Richard Rogers Partnership. “We’ve tried to make it a palace of fun as well as an airport.”
Source: BBC News, photo by Pierrot Heritier
Madrid Airport, Spain
3. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Terminal 3, China
The first airport by acclaimed architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas is set to become an iconic landmark that will boost the economic development of Shenzhen – one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. The terminal features thousands of hexagonal skylights to allow natural light into the structure. A curving roof canopy constructed from steel and glass wraps around the airport, accommodating spans of up to 80 metres. “The interiors have a sober profile and a stainless steel finish that reflects and multiplies the honeycomb motif of the internal skin,” said the architects. Cylindrical white columns are positioned at intervals to support the arching roof and sit alongside air-conditioning vents designed to look like chunky trees”.
Apparently, the client, Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co., is so pleased with the striking design that it is taking the unusual step of trying to copyright it.
Source: de zeen online magazine
Shenzhen Airport, China
4. Wellington Airport, New Zealand
The Wellington Airport is given the name The Rock. The ground breaking design by Studio Pacific Architecture in association with Warren and Mahoney has captured the attention of people from New Zealand and around the world, moving from controversial to award winning. Among other awards, The Rock was recently ranked by Frommers as the fourth best terminal in the World!
The inspiration for the design lies in the geological, historical and mythological past of Wellington’s south coast. It references the story of two taniwha, Ngake and Whataitai, whose adventures created the unique rugged shore and landscape of Wellington. The strong dramatic form also alludes to the Miramar Peninsula’s emerging creative community and film industry.
Source: Wellington Airport
Wellington Airport, New Zealand
5. St Petersburg Airport, Russia
Shimmering golden panels clad the monumental folded ceilings of this new airport terminal in St Petersburg designed by London studio Grimshaw. Grimshaw collaborated with engineering firm Ramboll and delivery architect Pascall+Watson to complete the first terminal of Pulkovo International Airport.
The architects gave the airport a large flat roof so that it will be able to cope with heavy snowfall. This allowed the underside to be expressed as a series of folded surfaces, which help to distribute weight to different parts of the structure. Tessellating metal panels give these folded surfaces their golden colour, intended as a reference to the gilded spires of churches around St Petersburg. Lighting fixtures run along the folds, while voids between surfaces reveal skylights that help passengers to navigate the terminal.
Source: de zeen magazine
St Petersburg Airport, Russia
6. Mumbai Airport, India
The concrete cells of the canopy spanning this new airport terminal in Mumbai was designed by American firm SOM to reference both the open-air pavilions of traditional Indian architecture and the arrangement of feathers in a peacock’s tail. The check-in hall is located on the upper level of the four-storey terminal, directly beneath the perforated concrete ceiling. This canopy is supported by 30 tapered columns that are punctured with similar recesses, creating a decorative pattern of openings that are infilled with coloured glazing to allow light to filter through the space.
Source: de zeen magazine
Mumbai Airport, India
7. Kutaisi International Airport, Georgia
Kutaisi International Airport is also known as David the Builder. UNStudio designed the terminal with a large span to create uninterrupted views that aid navigation, and the red corner detail acting as “a crossing-point and point of recognition.” Inside the terminal, however, a large structure covered in a web of wooden beams descends from the ceiling and creates a central hub around which passengers circulate. At the centre of this structure is an exterior patio enclosed in glass that allows for continuous views across the terminal. The building is wrapped in full-height glazing that creates a light-filled interior with views of the Caucasus Mountains.
Source: de zeen magazine
Kutaisi Airport, Georgia
8. Perth Airport, Australia
The bespoke sculptures and perforated wall called “From the skies” were designed by Penelope Forlano at Forlano Design, with artwork text by Doolann Leisha Eatts, a Whukjuk/Piblenman/Nyungah woman elder.
“At night, again and again, the elders used to tell us
dreamtime stories, they used to show us the stars….”
The bespoke wall signified the connections with the land and nature, with aboriginal culture, at the same time inspired creativity and imagination.
We love this airport interiors even more because Decor Systems DecorArti wall panels were used in this project.
Perth Airport, Australia
Tell us which airport have you recently visited and which one you like the most?