It may be hard to believe, but airports could well become trendy places to hang out. With more people travelling the globe and spending a number of hours waiting for their connecting flight, terminal buildings are no longer merely a means to an end: a stressful place that has to be endured in order to reach your dream destination.
A number of cities have spent lavishly on making their modern airports increasingly stylish. Terminal 3 at Beijing’s International Airport, attracted much attention when it opened in 2008, and is considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful airport. ‘Starchitects’ Foster + Partners designed the vast two-mile long, dragon shaped terminal building and its colour-coded ceiling is dazzling.
But if you’re not in the mood to appreciate architectural niceties when travelling, there are other things to keep you entertained. Top on the list of fabulous facilities must go to Vancouver International Airport. If you have time on your hands, you can get your shoes repaired, have your clothes dry cleaned or even visit the dentist, reports Bing Travel. And bizzarely for some, the on-site Fairmont Vancouver Hotel even has a fish valet and a freezer for visitors who have caught a whopper!
Florida’s Palm Beach International Airport boasts a putting green in the terminal if you want to practise your swing and Singapore’s award-winning Changi International Airport offers five theme gardens, including an orchid garden, which are home to over 1000 butterfies. Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport has a library with 2000 paper books and 400 e-books for you to browse, and Amsterdam’s Schiphol library also has films and music about Dutch culture and history, and the airport has a branch of the famed Rijksmuseum.
Travelling may still prove to be a stressful experience, but having something to do to while away the time certainly helps. So if you’re one of the 50 million people who travel through the world’s largest airports every year, check out what’s available!