10 most elegant airport terminal interiors in the world [pics]

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We’re spending longer and longer in airports. Luckily architects have woken up to the need for one or two uplifting touches to the terminals they design!

When it comes to airport design, personality has typically been forsaken for functionality. But with the average length of time needed to check-in and board a flight growing ever longer (thanks to enhanced security and greater numbers of flights), architects have thankfully woken up to the need for one or two uplifting touches to the terminals they design. Here are 10 of the most elegant airport interiors in the world.

Wellington International Airport (New Zealand) – “The Rock”

Wellington International Airport (New Zealand) – “The Rock”
Wellington International Airport (New Zealand) – “The Rock”. Photo courtesy of Wellington International Airport
Wellington International Airport (New Zealand) – “The Rock”
Wellington International Airport. Photo courtesy of Wellington International Airport

Barajas Airport, Madrid (Spain) – Terminal 4

Barajas Airport, Madrid (Spain) – Terminal 4
Barajas Airport, Madrid (Spain) – Terminal 4. Photo courtesy of Barajas Airport
Barajas Airport, Madrid (Spain) – Terminal 4
Barajas Airport, designed by Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers. Photo courtesy of Barajas Airport

John F. Kennedy Airport, New York City (USA) – TWA Flight Center (no longer in use, sadly)

John F. Kennedy Airport, New York City (USA) – TWA Flight Center
John F. Kennedy Airport, New York City – TWA Flight Center. Photo by Seamus Murray
John F. Kennedy Airport, New York City, USA
John F. Kennedy Airport. Photo courtesy of Seamus Murray

Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo (Uruguay)

Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo (Uruguay)
Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo. Photo courtesy of Carrasco International Airport
Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo (Uruguay)
Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo. Photo courtesy of Carrasco International Airport

Sondika Airport, Bilbao (Spain)

Sondika Airport, Bilbao (Spain)
Sondika Airport, Bilbao (Spain). Photo courtesy of Sondika Airport
Sondika Airport, Bilbao (Spain)
Sondika Airport, Bilbao. Photo by Lauren Manning

Beijing International Airport – Terminal 3 (China)

Beijing International Airport – Terminal 3 (China)
Beijing International Airport. Photo by antwerpenR
Beijing International Airport – Terminal 3 (China)
Beijing International Airport. Photo by alexbrn

Kansai International Airport, Osaka (Japan) See our top 10 free things to do in Osaka and Kyoto.

Kansai International Airport, Osaka (Japan)
Kansai International Airport. Photo by MJ/TR (´・ω・)
Kansai International Airport, Osaka (Japan)
Kansai International Airport. Photo by MJ/TR (´・ω・)

Marrakech Menara Airport (Morocco)

Marrakech Menara Airport (Morocco)
Marrakech Menara Airport. Photo by alextorrenegra
Marrakech Menara Airport (Morocco)
Marrakech Menara Airport. Photo by Adamina

Denver International Airport (USA)

Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport. Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport (USA)
Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport

Changi Airport (Singapore)

Changi Airport (Singapore)
Changi Airport. Photo courtesy of Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport (Singapore)
Changi Airport. Photo courtesy of Changi Airport Group

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10 most elegant airport terminal interiors in the world [pics] was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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