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TOP-9 WORLD AIRPORTS

15 December 2014 |

Each country starts from the airport. This top-9 of them is the evidence that non-standard designer’s projects of the air “berths” can not only be unique in their internal navigation and infrastructure but become true property of the state.

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Singapore Changi is one of the best international airports, which offers beautiful gardens with orchids, ferns, bamboo, sunflowers and even butterflies. People are astonished by true jungles of the airport.

These “air gates” are famous for their excellent conditions for transit passengers. Changi has everything needed to have comfortable and pleasant time in three terminals that are interconnected by escalators and lifts.

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The main air-center of Southeast Asia is the annual winner of the best world airports ratings.

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The area of 134 square meters under the glass dome is going to include the botanical gardens and 40-meter-high waterfall. This Rain Vortex will be the highlight of this complex.

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Another spot is going to be the botanical gardens called Forest Valley. They will be situated on the fifth floor and display the rarest tropical plants.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport/KLIA (Malaysia) is the airport with the first ever radio station. KLIA is one of six airports of the country, which is considered the largest and the most up-to-date of them for 16 years. The author of Malaysia “air gates” is Japanese architect Kise Kurokawa.

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The central five-storey building with light roofing resembles some cosmic object. It is completely automated airport with many glass elevators and moving paths. Like many Asian airports, KLIA has plenty of greenery so each passenger enjoys the local fauna beauty when traveling.

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KLIA repeatedly entered the top-5 of the world best airports as it offers fast and high-quality service and 216 registration desks. Passengers spend their time relaxing in the airport’s entertainment centers instead of wasting it in long lines to buy tickets.

The most expansive and comfortable airport is Chek Lap Kok Airport in Hong Kong. The total investments for six years of construction reach the sum of 20 billion dollars that brought the airport to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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The airport has two terminals and 710 square meters of the area. But it is difficult to get lost inside. The author of the airport project is famous Norman Foster. To connect the airport with the center of the city, he built additional 34-kilometers-long highway, trunk-railway, tunnels and bridges.

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The airport is called the Sky City. In addition to the terminals, standard registration zones, transfers, and waiting halls it offers an entertainment center with cinema and various clubs. The project was developed to bring the quickest service for the passengers. It provides great navigation – simple location of the necessary services and handy sign system.

Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay, offers hospitality and warm welcome. This is the most up-to-date airport in South America. The complex was built to change the image of Uruguay. Construction took more than a year and 165 million dollars.

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The author of the project, architect Rafael Vinoli, decided to erect the glass dome about 400 meters wide. The dome allows natural light coming inside.

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The airport is surrounded by large elevated deck, where the passengers can enjoy the view of the outskirts and flying up planes.

Seoul Incheon International Airport in South Korea offers its passengers to play golf. The construction of the airport started in 2001 and will last till 2020. But this doesn’t prevent it to become one of the best world airports more than once.

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The object was projected by French architect Michel Wilmotte. The building consists of two underground and two ground based stories. The complex is made of bent metal constructions with huge glass walls.

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Bright futurism is diluted by blooming gardens that are wonderful for the passengers to spend their time waiting for the flight.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport in Spain has one of the world’s largest terminals with the area of 760 square meters. In general the main Spanish “air gates” includes 4 terminals.

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Reconstruction of this terminal was made by British architect Richard Rogers. The building has a wavelike roof that leans on the columns. Such engineering solution brings the feeling of weightlessness and transparency of the building. Wide ridges and additional structural roofing elements protect the terminal from summer overheating, while round holes in the overhead cover provide natural lighting.

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The terminal exterior is projected to effectively outline Barajas against surrounding hills. The terminals are connected by a free light-green autobus that allows easily getting to the place one needs to.

Marrakech Menara Airport in Morocco offers 72 solar batteries that generate energy and a terminal constructed out of what appears to be lace that make it one of the most unique world airports.

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Menara Airport is called the “time machine”. The walls and the ceiling of the building are made of concrete rhombuses with holes that bring the feeling of lightness. The airport also features wood and even hand-made carpets.

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Natural lighting though the windows provides economy and performs an aesthetic function.

Beijing Capital International Airport is the first airport of China opened in 1958 году. Today it captures the world by its singularity and is the modern property of the country.

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The project was developed by British architecture bureau “Foster and Partners”. It has many windows, including roof windows, to provide natural lighting of the building.

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The terminal combines modern engineering solutions and traditional Chinese elements. For instance, its roofing is red as a luck symbol and the building itself resembles outspreaded dragon.

Kansai International Airport in Japan that stood up tsunami and typhoon is one of the most grandiose buildings in the world.

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Its author is Italian architect Renzo Piano who designed it in the Osaka bay, right at the sea. Water soothes the roar of the planes that makes the locals’ life easier.

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It took the builders four years just to install concrete slabs in the water and then fill them up with soil and prepare the ground for the airport building and the takeoffs.

The project is unique due to the fact that it is able to stand natural calamities such as tsunamis and typhoons. The airport terminal is the longest in the world – its length makes up 1,7 kilometers. Its roofing resembles wing shape that helps to stand the wind with a speed of 300 kilometers per hour.

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