Travel + Leisure’s May issue has a decent slideshow of the Best Airport Hot Spots. I was most struck by the amazing image of the Best New Terminal in Montevideo in Uruguay. T + L’s description is as follows:
Inspired by the region’s characteristic cuchillas, or low hills, this terminal from New York–based, Uruguay-born architect Rafael Viñoly has a gently curving 1,000-foot-long roof—reminiscent of the futuristic hubs built when air travel was young—and a sunlit terrace in the departures hall.
I absolutely love how the design pays homage to the country’s terrain but also gives a shout out to the Pan Am era. How cool. Here’s more on the terminal.
I love great airport design, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m in love with Singapore’s Changi airport. (I’ll admit to being disappointed it wasn’t included somewhere on the”Best Hot Spot” list.) But I may have found another airport that comes close to Changi.
I was recently in Malaysia and had the pleasure of exploring Kuala Lumpur International. It’s about ten years old, and is very impressive with its mix of contemporary glass with natural materials. I loved the use of wood on the ceiling in the main terminal. Check out this great shot on Flickr.
What are some of your favorite airports?