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Carrasco International Airport

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Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay

The new terminal, opened in 2009 and designed by Uruguayan-born architect Rafael Viñoly, is a gorgeous throwback to JFK circa 1960. In spirit, it's like Saarinen's TWA Terminal, but in style, it's more similar to the JFK's international arrivals hall designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. A 1,000-foot-long, low arch, it is as simple as a child's drawing of an airport, one unbroken, graceful curve. Inside, the departures hall is a great, sunlit room, like an old train station, and a top floor terrace commands sweeping views of the runways.

Beauty Mark: Viñoly notes that in Uruguay "friends and family still come to greet you at the airport or see you off." The terraces and lounges are designed to be "dramatic and welcoming" for both ticketed passengers and their guests.

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