Airport Architecture 2018: the best airports in the world

Kansai International Airport

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Location: Osaka, Japan

Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, Kansai International Airport was completed in 1994 and was built on an artificial island in the Bay of Osaka. As the world’s first ocean airport, it is famously visible from space and was the longest terminal in the world at the time it was build.

© Shingu Susumu

Stretching for 1.7 km, the airport features corridors that stretch out like wings from the main body of the terminal. Interestingly, it was also specially designed to handle the frequent earthquakes that Japan suffer from, and has proven its stability throughout the years.

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