Saint-Exupéry TGV Terminal
Saturday, 17th June 2006 by Alex Turnbull
Following up on a comment in Alex’s TGV post back in October, I present Saint-Exupéry International Airport in Lyon and more specifically the TGV terminal . The airport was built in 1975 but the TGV terminal with its stunning roof was an addition in 1994. The terminal was designed by AIA 2005 Gold Medal winner Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. From ground level shots it almost looks like an organic form that has grown out of the ground.
The airport is named after Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Antione was a pilot who flew in the early days of flight and became a highly decorated pilot in WW2. In 1943 he wrote the now world famous children’s book The Little Prince which is still a best seller today, especially for young children learning French. Aged 44 Antoinne flew his last mission to collect information on German troop movements over the Rhone valley. He took off the night of July 31st 1944, and was never seen again.
Thanks: Eric C. Ubersax, Konstantin, Markus, Brice Favre, zmaster (the original comment poster) & Jonathan Rawle (who then submitted it)