New times, new designs

Terminal architecture has the power to make or break the passenger experience. Leading architects tell Tara Craig how the pandemic has affected their plans for the next generation of terminals

Gensler’s concept for a new Dulles Airport in Washington DC features circular pods as the gate areas, accessed via an autonomous shuttle or elevated transit pod

The airport terminal started life as a functional space – London/ Heathrow’s first was a former army tent. Today, it is a place where people wait, shop, eat, drink and even enjoy spa treatments or live entertainment. The terminal has to be many things to many people, and that has been further complicated by the restrictions placed on it by COVID-19 and the heightened emphasis on public health. But how has the pandemi changed the way in which architects approach terminal design?

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