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AUSTIN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
R
on
W. H
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Chapter 1
people going, and gaggles of people waiting.
The experience can be chaotic. To avoid such
chaos, Howard, in a stroke of genius, de-
signed an internal corridor--a quarter-moon-
shaped "gallery" that connected one arrival
point to the other. The gallery was in fact a
wide, curved corridor with shallow setbacks
along one wall to house a series of artworks.
The curve itself created a dramatic, fluid
space that connected the parking lot to the
arrival canopy in such a direct and graceful
way that the experience was intuitive--mak-
ing it impossible to lose your way.
For a patron who arrived by auto, parked,
and entered the sliding door and took a half-
second to look around, the gentle sweep of the
gallery was the only option. What made mov-
ing forward and through a bowed hallway all
the more entertaining was that you couldn't
see around the corner, no peek of your final
destination, and therefore each step was a
discovery of sorts. In some ways the pedes-
trian flow was aerodynamic, beginning with
the smooth curve of the gallery and transi-
tioning to the contour of the polished wood
reception desk in the waiting area, one giant
slow-moving right hand turn, which led pas-
sengers directly out the doors to the arrival
canopy and a waiting aircraft, all in a single,
predictable motion.
2011. View of sunrise across concrete airport ramp.
Photo courtesy Jim Craig.