Bird-Shaped Ashgabat Airport Spreads its Wings in Turkmenistan

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Designing airports based on flight-inspired, aerodynamic forms is nothing new – in fact, that has been the concept behind some of history’s most beautiful airport terminals, such as Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Terminal in New York. But until now, no airport building has been quite so literal with its symbolism as the recently unveiled Ashgabat International Airport.

The new terminal building in Turkmenistan’s capital takes the form of a soaring falcon, echoing the mascot of the national airline carrier. And at a cost of $2.3 billion USD, the structure has already drummed up some controversy – critics claim the building is much larger than needed to handle the country’s relative low traffic rates.

See some images of the bird-shaped building below.

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BBC News – Turkmenistan unveils bird-shaped airport in Ashgabat 

People stand in front of a building of a new five-floor international airport in Ashgabat on September 17, 2016

Turkmenistan unveils bird-shaped airport in Ashgabat – BBC News

A major new international airport shaped like a falcon opens in Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat, despite the country receiving few foreign visitors.

News via BBC.

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