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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
W. H
Chapter 1
The Problem of Front Doors
Most buildings have a single entry, a lo-
cation where you arrive, enter, and move to
your destination. The problem with our termi-
nal building, as Howard pointed out, was that
we had two arrival points--two front doors, if
you will.
The first entry faced the airport parking lot
and entrance road where hurried jet owners,
pilots, and passengers rolled up to the build-
ing via automobile.
The second entry faced the arrival canopy,
runway, and airplane ramp where jet-setting
owners, pilots, and passengers buzzed in via
airplane. Both arrival points were equally im-
In this regard, designing a 50-story office
tower was an easier task. The majority of
office building users arrived via the front
door into an oversized lobby in the center
of which stood a bank of impossible-to-miss
elevators to carry people to their final des-
tination. Given this unambiguous design, it
was nearly impossible to get lost.
Not so with an airport.
With every airport you have at least two ar-
rival points, often more, with people coming,
2011. Curved gallery walkway which connects the pedestrian entrance and parking lot to the main
waiting area and aircraft arrival canopy. Photo courtesy of Patrick Y. Wong/Atelier Wong Photography.