Work / Play / Travel

The majority of people moving through airports are traveling either for work or play. Some want to work right up until they get to play, while others want to take a break and play until they get to where they’re headed to work. Airport design has to achieve a balance of these desires, but rarely does it well. A new airport lounge for Air France at Charles de Gaulle makes a playful attempt, with a soothing design as an abstracted, spa-like park. Tree-shaped lights with leaf-patterned shades light the space. Portland Int’l brings actual greenery┬áto travelers, building in a lush, green vertical garden. And Korea’s Incheon Int’l goes all play, with a skating rink and museum, among other amenities.