Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan
Kansai International Airport near Osaka, Japan was opened to great fanfare in 1994. It is considered an engineering masterpiece for the complexity of the construction project which required the creation of a man-made island. It hasn’t been easy as the island is sinking. Efforts are continually made to keep the island above sea level. Needless to say, the cost to build and maintain this airport have been high.
The design itself is interesting in that the roof trusses are curved, apparently an effort to make the flow of air in the building more efficient. The trusses are the signature feature that I find interesting. The rest of the airport appears a little dated, being outshown by the airports in Seoul, Korea, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
One interesting aspect of the design is the difference in light from one side of the structure to the other as can be seen in the photographs.