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Berlin – Hauptbahnhof

The biggest train station in Europe, projected by Meinhard von Gerkan and opened in 2006 with a big ceremony.

It’s an architectural masterpiece and has presented many difficult tasks for engineers and architects, like the curved tracks or the glass roof.

Not to miss during a visit!

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Incredible Airports

I was listening to a radio program today, and they were talking about airports, once the most common non-lieux according to the definition of the French sociologist Marc Augé.

Nowadays airports aren’t just a passage point, a passage place where long and boring stopover hours could be spent, they are changing their shape, design and functions, looking more like huge shopping malls and lounge bars, places where one could spend hours shopping, drinking, eating, chilling out, swim in a swimming pool (in Singapore this is possible), enjoying wonderful settings and creative ideas.

Far East’s airports seem to be the largest and more impressive in the world, but the Arabian Peninsula’s, like Doha’s and Dubai’s are taking up the gauntlet. Beside these giants, tiny and cute airports resist, like the ones in Thailandia or in the northern part of Scandinavia. Flavors are completely different, and deciding which one is the best is a matter of personal taste.

I will post pictures of the airports that have been voted as “The Best in the World” at the World Airport Awards, but if you would like to comment, to present your city’s airport and post a picture, I would be absolutely happy!

 

Singapore Changi Airport

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Incheon International Airport, South Corea

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Munich Airport

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Hong Kong International Airport

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Hongkong Airport Terminal

 

Amsterdam Schiphol 

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Tokyo Haneda International Airport

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Beijing Capital Airport

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Zurich Airport

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Vancouver International Airport

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London Heathrow 

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Louis Vuitton Art Centre, Paris

The brand new Louis Vuitton Art Centre ($ 130.000.000), by the superstar architect Frank Gehry, is an incredible, stunning building, whose lines seem to challenge the rules of physics.

Wood, glass and steel are melted together to create a space where (as usually in Gehry’s works) there are no sharp edges, but everything flows in curves, like a cloud.

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