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16 May 2014

BBC Names Long Beach Airport as One of World’s Most Beautiful

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HOK’s modernization of Long Beach Airport in California helped earn the facility a spot in the BBC’s roundup of the world’s 10 most beautiful airports.

“No matter how hard even the world’s best architects have tried, the airport is a difficult building type with which to fall in love. The reality is that many passengers rarely give much of a second glance at the quality of the architecture around them. And, yet, there are airports that do have a special ability to encourage us to look up and around, airports that have been designed one way or another to offer something of the adventure and poetry of flight even in an era of mass travel and budget fares.”

Long Beach Airport, CaliforniaSet behind an Art Deco terminal dating from 1941 - by W. Horace Austin and Kenneth Wing, Sr. - is a range of crisp and cheerful new buildings by HOK that has brought this much-loved regional airport up to date without it losing its Bogart-Bacall-era Hollywood charm.”

“Here, you walk through tree-lined pavilions, open to the California sky. What Long Beach does so enchantingly well is to offer a relaxed and gracious alternative, at least for domestic flights, to LAX – Los Angeles International Airport – its mighty, and often mightily confusing, neighbour, 18 miles north.”

BBC