Does flying always have to be a nightmare? Apparently not. The refurbishment of Terminal Two at San Francisco airport by Gensler as a domestic terminal, is unlike any I have ever encountered.
Soft colours and music in security? Check. Gourmet food influenced by the slow food movement? Check. so much art it is designated as an art gallery? Yup. A nice cafe where you can wait for arriving friends? Yes. Drinking fountains where you can refill your water bottle after going through security? Oh, yes. And all this in an existing building, with low headroom and a need for earthquake proofing. Flying may never be green, but refurbing an airport in this way is at least a start. And by upping its game, San Francisco also becomes more competitive. You can read more about it here.