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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.
Since its opening in 2001, the Inchon International Airport (ICN) has ranked among the best airports in the world. It has received the 5-Star rating from Skytrax, a ranking shared with Singapore Changi Airport and Hong Kong International Airport.
The airport shares many modern design features such as exposed trusses, vaulted ceilings, and exposed columns. The only uninteresing area of the airport is the check-in area, which is rather ordinary and simple. However everything changes once you clear immigration. Then the true beauty of the airport shines through.
It’s design has more in common with the Hong Kong International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport than Singapore Changi or Bangkok’s Suvannabhumi International Airport. Singapore Changi is more conservative in design; Bangkok’s airport is edgier.
The Singapore Changi Airport design, except for the new Terminal 3, is not that interesting to look at design-wise although it has aged pretty well. And the decor is stylish and modern. This concentration on the finishing flourishes more than makes up for the conservative approach to design. And there are lots of shops there to browse while awaiting your flight. It is very comfortable and well-laid out. In fact, this airport is exceptional.
There aren’t very many shops in the transit area. In the airport itself, there are lots of shops. Inside the transit area there are a few designer boutiques. However the most interesting is the Akihibara store. The store has lots of electronics, watches, cosmetics etc. The shops at Bangkok and Singapore airports are much better for variety and sheer number of stores. Nevertheless, it’s still interesting.
Sitting here having a light breakfast and I have to say that the lounge is quite nice. Spacious with good sightlines in all directions. At this time of day there are hardly any customers so that makes it even nicer.
This airport picturesque with somewhat of a art deco feel. It is one of the major hubs in the US.