san francisco: airport terminal 2 renewal

© gensler / photography: nick damonte - terminal 2's new façade as much as we love to travel, we find most airports a total drag. they're either congested, difficult to navigate or simply hideous. but at san francisco international airport's terminal 2 things have taken a turn for the better, much better. first opened way back in 1954, the building received a usd 383 million upgrade. its redevelopment by new york-based architecture + design practice gensler is a drastic one, although up to 90% of the original structure has been retained. the most visible change is the addition of lots of windows [read: floor-to-ceiling glass in many areas], allowing in floods of daylight. with sustainability firmly in mind, the improvements are diverse and plentiful: from double-paned glass and compost bins in dining areas, to designy bathrooms and an increased number of power outlets for charging portable devices. yes, this terminal is as green as it can get and has even applied for a certificate from the u.s. green building council. what we also like is the bold contemporary art works that dangle from the terminal ceiling. terminal 2 has 14 gates and virgin america, and american airlines are the sole two tenants. location: san francisco international airport.
© gensler / photography: nick damonte - terminal 2: green and sexy