Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mini Review and Mini Panorama - Atlanta's New International Terminal

On Saturday I dropped off a loved one at the new $1.4B terminal. I visited the road, the parking lot, and the departures level. I'll have to buy a ticket to see the International Atrium.

It's like a small city airport with BIG design. The domestic side of the airport is huge, busy, important, lived-in. The new terminal is tiny and so easy to manage. It's a world apart.

As you approach by car, flanked by giant hangers you see the dead end ahead and wonder, is that it? Is that all?

It's so easy that you should consider a visit just for architecture tourist fun. You can take it in less than an hour and parking will cost you about 2 bucks.

This is as far as I got, the departures area, where you check you bags and go through security. See the reflections on the floor?

It's a mighty big room, about 2/3's as long and a bit wider than Delta's south terminal check-in and baggage claim in the old airport. Floor to ceiling windows north and south and the high swooping ceilings, make it a big feeling room, big like an airplane hanger with windows.

It's hard to get lost or out of visual contact here: You can see everything. Kids and parents seemed comfortable.

It seemed "democratic" to me. I felt important there. The place had an equalizing effect. Everyone is free to go everywhere, no corridors or passageways, no upper level. Everyone and everything is in an atrium.

Visually it's borderline migraine for me. It's simple but visually busy. The blue neon and pencil thin florescents in the swooping ceiling, and the window frame grid reflect on the polished diagonal gridded floor. The diagonal check-in desks have filigree cornices. I felt good there but it could cause me trouble on migraine prone days.

The best thing is the view of the planes. The planes are right there, RIGHT THERE. As you'll see in the video below.

Here a a little panorama.

Here is the floor-plan and map.


  1. I get to see this in 34 days when I head on vacation!!! Can't wait!

    1. Now you are ready. Please report on the International Atrium

  2. Hey there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having difficulty finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

    Take a look at my web page: www.dailystrength.org

  3. Iím not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up!
    I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. Many thanks

    Here is my website ... circuit board manufacturers south africa

  4. Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?

    I'm trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I'm not seeing very good results.
    If you know of any please share. Many thanks!

    Also visit my web page; how to convert 110 to 220 outlet

  5. I'm not sure why but this site is loading very slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end? I'll check back later
    on and see if the problem still exists.

    Feel free to visit my web blog - silicone bracelets cheap custom

  6. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your post's to be exactly what I'm looking for.
    Do you offer guest writers to write content available
    for you? I wouldn't mind writing a post or elaborating on many of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome site!

    my page: silicone candle molds uk

  7. IT IS Genuinely Very Useful FOR ME.I LIKE YOUR Put up Simply because IT IS Very Useful FOR ME AS Effectively. HOPING THE Exact same Best Operate IN THE UP COMING Times ALSO. THANK YOU.
    bus in Atlanta
    buses in Atlanta

  8. I'm impressed, I have to say. Actually hardly ever do I encounter a weblog that's equally educative and entertaining, and let me inform you, you may have strike the nail on the head. Your concept is outstanding the issue is one thing that not sufficient individuals are speaking intelligently about. I am very joyful that I stumbled throughout this in my find for anything referring to this.
    atlanta taxi to airport
    airport limo atlanta

  9. follow the steps given here to download, install and activate microsoft office 365 on your pc. Activate Microsoft Office using www.office.com/setup.
    office setup
    office setup


Blog Archive