Originally inspired by hawk and falcon’s nests - both mascots and symbols for the city of Atlanta - the form of the new airport is based on the circle, the most efficient distance to-
surface-area shape. This results in maximal gate capacity with the least amount of travel distance for passengers.
After researching the future of air travel, it becomes clear that advancing security technologies - facial recognition, heat and scanning technologies, etc. - could render the current paradigm of “landside” and “airside” divided by the security line at airports useless. Waiting in security lines, and the resultant entrapped feeling of being unable to leave, only able to access what’s behind security, will no longer be the case for air travelers.
What this means is the airport itself, as the largest transit hubs we currently have, can function more like a European train station, with a mix of uses that aren’t limited to concessions and sky lounges; at the nodes of where the terminal circles meet, the form is raised to create, in one, a
luxury hotel, and in the other, rentable office space, whether for airport administration, or other travel-related industries. And because the airport can now be accessed by all while remaining secure, the interior courts of the circular terminals can be punctuated by green space, bringing the outdoors, natural light, and greenery into terminals that have never known these elements well. Proven by psychological research, these touches can help lower stress and anxiety for users, at a time when these phenomena usually peak.