Marcus Binney Airport Builders

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Airport Builders

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Airports are among the most complex and intensively used buildings of our time, designed for tens of millions of passengers a year and handling, largely unseen, huge quantities of baggage and freight. Speed and security are at a premium, and in the 1990s a much greater emphasis has been placed on fast public transport connections to nearby cities. As terminals grow to accommodate more passengers and planes, there is a constant debate as to how to reduce walking times to and from the planes. With many passengers also spending longer periods between flights there is a new emphasis on passenger comfort and a determined attempt to make airports attractive and exiting places to spend time in. Rarely has a single building type provided such opportunities for fine, adventurous architecture around the globe.

The airport terminals of the 1990s are engineering wonders, filled with natural light from above and with glass walls providing panoramic views. Their majestic internal spaces are worthy successors to the great train sheds of the nineteenth-century railway stations. Engineering and architecture play an equal role in creating vast, soaring internal spaces, exemplified by the new island airport at Kansai, Chek Lap Kok, and Seoul Inchon. Many buildings consciously seek to suggest metaphors for flight with soaring roofs and steelwork suggestive of fuselages or even the struts of early biplanes. While some terminals carry forward the twentieth-century tradition of a universal international modern style, others seek to give architecture a sense of place.

The race to build spans the globe from San Francisco and Vancouver to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. This book illustrates the latest work of leading world architects such as Kisho Kurokawa, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and SOM. It charts the phenomenal success of specialist builders in the field, such as the worldwide practice of Aéroports de Paris, and examines the new generation of European terminals.

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Airports are too often a necessary evil of long-distance travel. But at their best, they are to our era what the great urban railway stations were to theirs: grand, naturally lit spaces where architecture and bold structural engineering merge to create an uplifting experience that transcends mere functional accommodation. Some readers may have experienced some of these choice buildings while in transit: Helmut Jahn's terminals at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, Renzo Piano's sensuously undulating Kansai Airport near Osaka, Curt Fentress's tent-topped Denver terminal, Norman Foster's space-framed Stansted Airport serving London, or Cesar Pelli's soaring, art-filled Washington National Airport. Those who haven't can do some armchair traveling with this book.

Practitioners and students will find functional analysis as well as visual stimulus. While not a how-to book, Airport Builders goes beyond esthetics to deal with issues of organization, use, and structure. It opens with an essay examining new design directions (but not the full history of this 70-year-old building type), and then presents a portfolio of 46 architecturally advanced air terminals built in or designed for 17 countries over the last decade or so. The book is oversized, and its 230 pages contain several hundred illustrations in the form of well-reproduced color photos, architectural drawings, and models. --John Pastier

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Airport Builders Marcus Binney Airports are among the most complex and intensively used buildings of our time, designed for tens of millions of passengers a year and handling, largely unseen, huge quantities of baggage and freight. Speed and security are at a premium, and in the 1990s a much greater emphasis has been placed on fast public transport connections to nearby cities. As terminals grow to accommodate more passengers and planes, there is a constant debate as to how to reduce walking times to and from the planes. With many passengers also spending longer periods between flights there is a new emphasis on passenger comfort and a determined attempt to make airports attractive and exciting places to spend time in. Rarely has a single building type provided such opportunities for fine, adventurous architecture around the globe. The airport terminals of the 1990s are engineering wonders, filled with natural light from above and with glass walls providing panoramic views. Their majestic internal spaces are worthy successors to the great train sheds of nineteenth-century railway stations. Engineering and architecture play an equal role in creating vast, soaring internal spaces, exemplified by the new island airport at Kansai, Chek Lap Kok, and Seoul Inchon. Many buildings consciously seek to suggest metaphors for flight with soaring roofs and steelwork suggestive of fuselages or even the struts of early biplanes. While some terminals carry forward the twentieth-century tradition of a universal international modern style, others seek to give architecture a sense of place. The race to build spans the globe from San Francisco and Vancouver to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. This book illustrates the latest work of leading world architects such as Kisho Kurokawa, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and SOM. It charts the phenomenal success of specialist builders in the field, such as the worldwide practice of Aéroports de Paris, and examines the new generation of European terminals. Other titles in the series include: Museum Builders Theatre Builders Library Builders Church Builders Monument Builders Future titles include: Office Builders University Builders Bank Builders

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