World's Ugliest Airports

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Philip Milne

Flying through these airports? Don’t bother looking around.

Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow

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Sheremetyevo’s Terminal 2 was completed in time for the 1980 Summer Olympics, which inspired more bad architecture than any other event in history. Moscow-born, New York–based architect and designer Constantin Boym observes, “Sheremetyevo was built in the ‘70s in the ‘heroic’ international style, and on a hexagonal grid. It’s a nightmare to navigate because all the walls and passages are at 60-degree angles to one another. It was renovated a couple of years ago, when a dusty ceiling grid was replaced with a smoother one, but this cosmetic repair only underscored the ugliness of the place.”

The Upside: The new terminal D opened in November—though Aeroflot has reportedly postponed transferring its flights there because of “an apparent lack of preparation and personnel.”

World's Ugliest Airports

Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow

Sheremetyevo’s Terminal 2 was completed in time for the 1980 Summer Olympics, which inspired more bad architecture than any other event in history. Moscow-born, New York–based architect and designer Constantin Boym observes, “Sheremetyevo was built in the ‘70s in the ‘heroic’ international style, and on a hexagonal grid. It’s a nightmare to navigate because all the walls and passages are at 60-degree angles to one another. It was renovated a couple of years ago, when a dusty ceiling grid was replaced with a smoother one, but this cosmetic repair only underscored the ugliness of the place.”

The Upside: The new terminal D opened in November—though Aeroflot has reportedly postponed transferring its flights there because of “an apparent lack of preparation and personnel.”

Philip Milne
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