An Ultra-Modern Airport In Shenzhen Makes Flying Feel Futuristic

An Ultra-Modern Airport In Shenzhen Makes Flying Feel Futuristic

All airports are absolutely, positively not created equal. Case in point: the brand new Terminal 3 at Shenzhen's Bao'an International hub, which will be inaugurated next month after five years in the making. This place is a certifiable beaut that befits the awesome act of flying that we take for granted all the dang time.

An Ultra-Modern Airport In Shenzhen Makes Flying Feel Futuristic

Studio Fuksas, led by architectural icons (and husband/wife duo) Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, turned a ground-bound site for arrivals and departures into something that visually soars.

This gateway to the friendly skies was designed to look like a manta ray, and extends for almost a kilometre and a half along the tarmac.

An Ultra-Modern Airport In Shenzhen Makes Flying Feel Futuristic
An Ultra-Modern Airport In Shenzhen Makes Flying Feel Futuristic

Metal and glass honeycomb cladding gives the exterior a consistent geometric motif, but the inside is where this feature truly shines; natural light pierces through the pattern, illuminating the nearly all-white interior from the swooping ceiling down to the reflective floor.

An Ultra-Modern Airport In Shenzhen Makes Flying Feel Futuristic
An Ultra-Modern Airport In Shenzhen Makes Flying Feel Futuristic

Info islands and air conditioning units are shaped like sculptural trees, while the massive supporting columns are meant to give the awe-inspiring effect of stepping into a cathedral. It becomes, in a way, a destination unto itself — as opposed to a much-maligned midpoint between here and there, wherever those final destination may be.


Comments

    it is beautiful............ until people start pooping and peeing on the floor (literally). Just speaking from experience.

    Yeah it looks nice with nobody in it. Once you get dirty shoes, and the above mentioned, its not gonna look all that great. Even Sydney airport looked nice one upon a time...

    man that sunlight from the ceiling giving me a headache just looking at it... imagine if I am actually there.

    This reminds me of that Pan-Am Worldport at the JFK in New York. It looked futuristic when it was built but eventually became dated and is now being planned for demolition.

    Design values! Sydney's international terminal was essentially designed to be a big box with traffic in on one floor and traffic out on the other, to maximise the throughput of passengers (it was designed quite a while ago).

    These architect flights of fantasy designed as airport terminals are a waste of money!

    Looks just like the TIger terminal at Tullamarine

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