think... You Have Arrived

Flight attendants mention the arrival city but the words don't quite register. As we deplane via an enclosed jetway, there's no blast of fresh air to tell us where we've landed. Most airports all look the same, with little or no hint of the place that awaits.

Say goodbye to nondescript airports with the same newsstands and fast food chains. Today's Airport operators, and the designers they hire, are building terminals that reflect their locations. By reflecting the region's culture, these airports welcome the weary traveler while immediately orienting them to their destination.

Some excellent examples are Airports such as Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. " You know you're in Mumbai when you land," said Mark Leininger, associate director at the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which designed Mumbai's Terminal 2. "And you're not just setting your body clock but your cultural clock."

Cultural references can be found through the terminal. The eye of the peacock's tail feather can be seen in the terminal's grand ceiling and column panels all manufactured and supplied by Formglas

The columns and ceiling by Formglas in the Mumbai airport suggests a peacock, India's national bird. 

The columns and ceiling by Formglas in the Mumbai airport suggests a peacock, India's national bird. 

This movement is not just happening at large international airports in India, Jordan and Qatar but also throughout the US. It's not just about high-end design or selling more local trinkets. Air travel is increasingly a stressful experience. People want to adjust to their new surroundings, recover their bags and get on their way.

Seating areas for passengers who have cleared security have a fireplace and animal hide sofas (Jackson Hole Airport). Seating at the gates have evolved to resemble a high end hotel lobby. Seating areas are also available with a convenient way for people to recharge their electronics while sitting in comfort.

Companies such as Arconas a leader in Airport seating is helping to achieve these designs with the next generation of public seating as seen below at Boston Logan International Airport - Terminal B (shown Aerea and inPower Flex Charging Unit)

Countries and Cities renovating or building new airports want to evoke their local culture, their nations' spirits through materials, colors and forms, and give travelers positive feelings. This trend does not show any signs of slowing down neither. The finalists for the next Mexico City airport have been told to reflect the culture in their designs.