The world's most beautiful airport terminals – in pictures
The beauty and design ingenuity of airport terminals – where travellers spend so much of their time – are celebrated in a new photography book, The Art of the Airport by Alexander Gutzmer, Laura Frommberg and Stefan Eiselin.
"Three quarters of a million people are in a plane somewhere right now. Many millions travel by air each day. For most of us, the experience of being in an airport is to be endured rather than appreciated, with little thought for the quality of the architecture. No matter how hard even the world’ s best architects have tried, it is difficult to make a beautiful airport.
And yet such places do exist. Cathedrals of the jet age that offer something of the transcendence of flight even in an era of mass travel and budget fares. Here are twenty-one of the most beautiful airports in the world."
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas airport, Madrid
Originally opened in 1931, this airport now specialises in travel to Latin America, with direct flights to Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiago de Chile. Architects Richard Rogers and Antonio Lamela designed the Terminal Four building – which opened in 2006 – with the unifying element being the use of bamboo, to create a sense of calm.
Photograph: Roland Halbe/Artur Images