AD Round Up: Awesome Airports

AD Classics: Dulles International Airport / Eero Saarinen. Image © MWAA

If there is a universal truth, it is that nobody likes spending time in an airport. This article from the Financial Times corroborates this fact, pointing out that, no matter how well-designed a terminal is, people make every effort to leave it as soon as possible. While the novelty of air travel has worn off since its inception in the 20th century, the work devoted to designing airports has only increased. We’ve collected some of our favorite terminals we’d actually love to get stuck in, including works by Eero Sarinen, SOM, Fentress, J. Mayer H., KCAP, Paul Andreu, bblur architecture and 3DReid, Corgan Associates, De Bever, and Studio Fuksas. Enjoy!

New Opera in Jinan / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: , Shandong, China
Design Team: Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet, Pengzi Zhang, Riccardo Vanigli, Olivia Faury, Antoine Barbeyer, Yanfang Niu, Kasia Dudzik, Hailin Zhai, Chen Wei, Wei Dong, Guo Kun
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Shanghai Pudong International Airport / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: ,
Design Team: F.Tamisier, G.Andreu, P.Gonon, H.Boitard
Area: 220,000 sqm
Year: 1999
Photographs: Paul Maurer

In Progress: Jinan Cultural Centre / Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + 
Location: Jinan, China
Design Team: Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet
Area: 70,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte

Taiyuan Archaeological Museum / Paul Andreu Architecte


Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: Taiyuan, Shanxi,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 50,000 sqm
Photographs: Paul Andreu Architecte