Monday, October 6, 2008
The terminal building at Kansai International Airport is the longest in the world,... 1.7 kilometres.
The 4-story "canyon" is part of Renzo Piano's award-winning design. Built on an artificial island at huge cost, the island sank 3 metres more than predicted and so several billion more dollars were spent.
Incredibly light and airy, it's a very comfortable airport to spend time in, partly because its not very busy.
Piano's initial sketch was of a glider landed on the island, and the departure lounges are the wings stretching out on either side of the main terminal.