Dan Taylor, senior architect for Atkins, describes how the city of New Orleans is reflected in various design elements of the new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International AirportArriving at the airport is like entering a gateway into a new world.

It’s the first place most people see when they arrive, the first place where they will breath the air, eat the food, or meet a local.A key challenge therefore is to ensure an airport’s design accurately captures the city it represents. Technology is integral to this process, particularly when the design is centered on incorporating unique elements that make a city memorable.

At Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Louisiana, a new terminal was designed with the goal of immersing visitors in ‘The Big Easy’s’ culture, geography and storied history. While planners assured the terminal paid homage to New Orleans’ iconic food and music, the new design went a step further by trying to capture the city’s more subliminal features.