The Istanbul design studio Autoban are responsible for the design of the Heydar Aliyev International airport terminal and if this is the result then Azerbaijan - here we come! If this is what the latest airport terminal is like then we can't wait to explore and find out more.
How refreshing to see how contemporary design can be applied in a highly functional space to challenge the normal utilitarian design aesthetic that pervades most airport terminals.
"The main idea was to make it different from other airports," Autoban cofounder Seyhan Ozdemir told Dezeen. "While traveling has become a huge part of our lives, we believe as designers it's our goal to make it as enjoyable as possible for the public by changing the fundamentals of such transportation hubs."
Autoban created stunning 'cocoons' made up of wooden shingles clad in oak veneer that serve to break up the usually vast and impersonal space associated with most airports into smaller 'hubs' or nest-like structures.
The incorporation of highly tactile and natural materials such as wood, stone, soft fabric upholstery and trees are key to creating a more nurturing atmosphere.
The Cocoons enable people in transit to either gather together or conversely retreat into these 'nest-like' environments. They provide the usual amenities such as cafes, kiosks, bars but also a children's play-area, a spa and a music and bookstore.
Some are fully clad, others are sliced in two and some are exposed to reveal their skeletal structure and provide a more open aspect.
What a stunning example of commercial architecture and design coming together to challenge the normal conventions and illustrating just how significant the impact our environment has on the way we react to and utilise space.
With an estimated six million people expected to pass through the terminal - the journey and not just the destination could be a highly enjoyable experience!