Jet Set: 8 Modern Airport Designs by William Lamb from Gates of Heaven

Jet Set: 8 Modern Airport Designs

Splashier airports attract aerial photographers in droves, but Singapore's Changi Airport makes no such grand architectural statement. Instead, it woos the common traveler who may be stuck here for a few hours. It is not a hermetically sealed purgatory, thanks to a straightforward design that incorporates open-air spaces, including rooftop terraces and an outdoor swimming pool. Its atrium-like terminals are lush with indoor tropical gardens that exhibit botanical thoughtfulness. Ultimately, the vines, tasteful wood trim, and warm tones help offset the coldness commonly found in international hubs. A 24-hour cinema, spa, showers, children’s play areas, and free Internet service provide the means to kill time or freshen up before the next leg of your trip.

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