PHOTOS: Georgia's futuristic Kutaisi Airport terminal

By David Flynn, December 1 2011
PHOTOS: Georgia's futuristic Kutaisi Airport terminal

Like most business travellers we appreciate good airport design.

We see plenty of the same sprawling low-slung slabs, so when someone conjures up a truly stunning airport – even if it's in an airport from the 1960s, as is the case with New York's TWA Terminal – well, we can't wait to check it out.

So following on from Kuwait's amazing 'mega-hub' airport and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Spaceport, here's the latest airport to send a quiver through our bag tags.

It's the new Kutaisi Airport for Georgia (the Eurasian country, not the American state), created by Amsterdam-based UNStudio.

The terminal building divides arrivals and departures on a single level, instead the more familiar two-storey approach, so the split shape ensures that departure and arrival flows do not coincide.

The most eye-catching aspect is the arrival and departure information projected onto the terminal's massive transparent walls.

Forget about searching for and then crowding around a monitor: just glance up at the wall of the bulding and there's the info you want, cast metres high!

UNStudio has also gone a little out there with the air traffic control tower. The exterior of the twisty tower is clad with a transparent skin with the potential to change color whenever there is a fluctuation in traffic.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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18 May 2011

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Am I mistaken or does it have no jet bridges?

24 Oct 2010

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You're not mistaken – it's all ground level, tarmac access and ramp stairs!

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