If you want to have a developed tourism in your country, you should think about the airport at first, because the first impression is really significant. Of course, it’s very hard to build a unique airport even for the world’s best architects. It should be both large and beautiful. Besides, it should have some occupations for passengers to wait for a few hours before the flight. So, it should have duty-free shops, some elite cafes and restaurants in there. We found some architectural wonders, which have all these points inside. Here are 10 of the most beautiful airports in the world that tell a lot about the cities you visit!
1. Terminal 3, Beijing International Airport, China
This wonderful terminal has been in use since 2008 prior to the Olympic Games. At first sight, the gateway looks like a large colorful glass dragon. It has 968,000 square meters area and has three function divisions: the first is for international baggage claim, the second is for charter flight services and finally, the third is for international departures and arrivals. The roof is built in a special way to create colorful spectrums from the sunlight, which act as navigators.
2. Carrasco Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay
The architect of this wonder is Rafael Viñoly, who did his best to make it as quiet and pleasant as possible. The entire airport is made of glass to show the natural beauty of Uruguay. It’s very calm and clean inside, which makes the waiting process a real pleasure. There are special rooms designed for rest. You can see the best view of airport during the nighttime.
3. Terminal 4, Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain
This huge and unmatchable airport is designed by Richard Rogers, who tried to make the building differ from all other airports. We can rightly say he managed to do this. This is an unusually designed huge building with a roof line of “bamboos”. It is considered one of the largest airports in the world and allows hosting a large number of visitors.
4. Sondika, Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao terminal is also known as “The dove” or “La paloma”. It’s named so because of its similarity to a bird body. This incredible design lets the light stream through the windows and floor. The architect tried to build the airport with a breath of Baroque style. Every little detail is connected in a special way. This is a perfect example for a modern airport terminal.
5. Denver International Airport, Colorado, USA
This airport is considered the second largest in the world. Its design breaks all the stereotypes about the airports. The first thing you should pay attention to is the roof, made of white yurt-like pieces that look especially beautiful at night when illuminated with colorful lights. This architectural trick is made for using solar energy.
6. Marrakech-Menara Airport, Morocco
Marrakech-Menara Airport is another great example of excellent terminal designs. It reminds of a twenty-first-century style Moroccan palace with a traditional Islamic architecture. At first sight you will visualize a huge diamond with rugs and chandeliers. The designer made a complicated light system to illuminate the walls and the floor with patterns.
7. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
Hong Kong airport is the largest and the busiest one in the world. The designer did his best to make the airport comfortable and tranquil. The roof is made the way to navigate the visitors to their preferred location. By the way, getting out of the building, you can see an express train in front of you, which will take you directly to the city center.
8. Incheon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea
This incredible airport is considered the most beautiful one in the world. The interior of the building is as beautiful as its exterior. You’ll never get bored waiting for hours there, as there are a lot of occupations including learning the history of the country on the walls. Sometimes the atmosphere of the airport will keep up the impression of a showplace for Korea’s melding of history and art.
9. Malvinas Argentinas Airport, Ushuaia, Argentina
Malvinas Argentinas airport is located in Tierra del Fuego. It is the southernmost international airport of the planet and it is a gateway to Patagonia and the Arctic. The architect made every detail with the sense of perfection.
10. Kansai Airport, Osaka, Japan
Kansai International Airport is one of Japan’s most beautiful and important international airports. It is located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. The airport has two terminals, of which terminal 1 serves both for domestic and international flights and terminal 2 serves for low-cost airlines. The airport is based on the sea; so, it gives you a chance to go out and enjoy the sea during the waiting. In addition, the water allows having a noise-cancellation, so you won’t be bored from the noise made by the departure and arrival of planes.