In the midst of one of the busiest travel times of the year, fliers want to spend as little time in the airport as possible. And who can blame them? Some long lines and security hassles simply can’t be avoided. However, we can think of worse things than spending an extra hour or two at these architecturally-stunning airports. From glowing skylights to theatrical design, the world’s most beautiful airports might ease the pain of flying during the holidays — or any time of the year for that matter.
Changi, Terminal 3
The “butterfly” roof is just one of many reasons why Terminal 3 in Changi, Singapore, is worth seeing. During the day, 919 skylights adjust to let in just the perfect amount of sunlight, and at night the ceiling glows with lighting carefully concealed below the panels.
A grand welcome awaits in Terminal 1. Experience the grandeur blend of modern architecture and Moroccan traditions with mosaic pattern designs, photovoltaic pyramids and diamond-shaped tiles.
Wellington, New Zealand
Inspired by the natural formations of rocks around the coast surrounding Wellington Airport, architect Nick Barratt-Boyes opted to build 3 copper-clad structures that from the outside look like a trio of boulders. And yes, this theatrically-designed terminal is rightly nicknamed “The Rock.”
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