Major Development Lights Up the City of Angels
As a city’s first point of call for out-of-town and international visitors, an airport is the first real taste of the city and, as with a first impression of a person, there is only one chance to make a first impression.
Add to this the vulnerable state that a lot of passengers are in given long flights and ghastly changeovers and it becomes evident that airports can either be comfortable havens or absolute nightmares depending on the design and amenities.
These issues are compounded when the number of passengers increases. With 61 million passengers travelling through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) annually, the airport needs to be in top form. Large portions of these travelers are among the world’s richest and most famous people, adding invasive cameras to the mix, underscoring just how excessively the airport is on display.The key to successful airport architecture – and architecture in general – is cultural context. It is no coincidence that Abu Dhabi’s newly-planned airport is fitted with marbled luxury, or that Singapore Changi Airport is sleek and modern; both the design......