newark airport, terminal b: who knew?

This past weekend I was in New Orleans for a wedding. I plan on writing about that later (Nola= coolest city ever), but to keep things chronological, I would first like to comment on Newark Liberty International Airport. Has anyone had the pleasure of entering security in Terminal B lately? Oh. My. Goodness. What a dream! First of all, flying at 10 a.m. on a Thursday is brilliant. With nary a soul at the security gate, my fiance and I had plenty of time to be blown away by this pretty and completely unexpected marble wall (windows grace the opposite wall): trippy marble

Backlit marble. This is something I would expect to see in a really swank club in Miami, the W hotel in Times Square... any place that is trying it's best to say, "I am a fabulous venue. Stay/eat here and I will make sure you are lit in the most flattering of lights." Though I wouldn't necessarily want this lighting effect in my home, it's effective for modern public places.

Example:

W hotel lobby, Times Square

(Sidenote: Not a bad place to stop for a drink, all things considered, if you find yourself in Times Square with time to kill.)

All this being said, the marble wall was a quite beautiful surprise! I am pretty sure because of the shape and variation within the pattern, it's actually onyx. The material is cut thinly then backed with light, creating a wall full of movement. I just read on Newark's website that they have $279 million alloted to renovate this one terminal. Sheesh. See more pictures below:

lovely patterns in the marble

the long shot

After some friendly exchanges with security about the new design, we reached the gate. There is something I love about the retro feel of particularly Kennedy and Newark airports. So 1960's, so forward-thinking in design. See Saarinen's TWA terminal from 1962:

TWA terminal

Below is the interior of Terminal B right by our gate:

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Terminal B looks fairly simple at first glance, but if you notice the curvilinear lines, panoramic windows, and mimicry between ceiling and floor marble, you start to notice the movement and grace of the space. The mood there early in the morning before peak travel was soothing and pleasant. It might sound weird, but I thoroughly enjoyed the design of this space.

Travel design has always fascinated me. I don't know if that's being a daughter of a Delta man, getting wings as a kid, or spending way too much time missing flights in airports, but I love it all: handsome luggage, airplane bathrooms (minus the smell), the shape of the airplane itself. If you look anywhere, you can start to find singular design, and airports are no exception. In short, don't neglect mostly functional buildings. Function presides over style, but style can still exist beautifully. You never know, you might be pleasantly surprised. I was.