12/01/2013 07:05 pm ET Updated Jan 31, 2014

High-Design Airport Terminals

Whether located in major metropolises or small rural areas, airports are undergoing decidedly design-focused transformations—21st-century remakes that are ushering in a more aesthetically and environmentally conscious era of air travel.

While some architects hired to concept new airport terminals are inspired by waves, boulders or other local topography, others wanted to lead with a strong cultural aesthetic. The thoughtful design exemplified by the terminals on our list may just become the norm, proving that air travel really isn't what it used to be—in the best possible ways. —Amanda Pressner Kreuser

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