SAHARA Highlights: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Mar 12, 2018

The Golden Age of Travel may have passed, or it may still be in our future. This selection of images from SAHARA opens the debate, as there is glorious architecture related to travel from all eras. After you’ve pondered this question, please consider adding your own images to SAHARA!

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A passenger terminal at Madrid Barajas Airport, Spain. Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 2008.  Photo by Steve Parnell, 2010.

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Main entrance to Stuttgart Central Rail Station, Germany. Architects: Paul Bonatz and F.E. Scholer, 1914-18. Photo by Richard Longstreth.

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Gas station, Beverly Hills, CA.  Architects: William L. Pereira and Associates, with Gin Wong, 1965.  Photo by Dell Upton, 2010.

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Main passenger terminal, Kuala Namu International Airport, Medan, Indonesia. Architects: Wiratman & Associates, 2013.  Photo by Mark Hinchman, 2017.

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Bird’s eye view of the Santa Maria Novella train station and surrounding area, Florence, Italy.  Architects: Gruppo Toscano (Giovanni Michelucci et al), 1932-1934.  Photo by Marvin Trachtenberg.

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Flight departures display, TWA Terminal, JFK International Airport, Queens, New York.  Architect: Eero Saarinen, 1957-62.  Photo by Peter Clericuzio, 2012.

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Dalat train station, Vietnam (the design is based on the station in Deauville-Trouville, France). Architect: Paul Reveron, 1938. Photo by Mark Hinchman, 2011.

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Packard Automobile Showroom, San Francisco, CA.  Architect: Bernard Maybeck, 1926. Photo by Lauren Soth.

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Kyoto rail station (which contains a shopping mall, movie theater, and hotel), Japan.  Architect: Hiroshi Hara, 1997.  Photo by Dell Upton, 2006.





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