As with every next-generation integration in the transportation industry, there’s a pressing need to give up some legroom for the next big thing. Trains, cars and airplanes, scoot over: with spaceships on the horizon, it’s time to start planning our spaceports. Japan-based Noiz Architects, Dentsu, Canaria and Space Port Japan Association (SPJA) delivers the dream spaceport of the future.

As you’d expect, everything about it screams future-proof: think solar panels, open-air gardens and patios making use of whatever airspace is available whilst balancing recreation and utility. The different levels of the spaceport cater to different things, including departures and arrivals, much like the ports of today – with internal systems focused on smart transportation.

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That includes self-driving cars, an autonomous train and electric scooters for the last bit of the commute – after all, we’re in the future – which gets people and cargo around and through the building in a hurry. There’s also quite a bit of thought put into security, says Noiz’s website, to make it as unobtrusive as possible through a system of beautiful interconnecting skybridges.

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Why design spaceports, you say, when we’ve barely got the handle on reusing spaceships? It’s a fair point: but a space-ready transport hub sans spaceship is just as clean, elegant, and efficient. At the very least, it’s giving a chance for architects to show off their chops.

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After all, architects are consummate futurists, though their radical future-focused designs often fly under the radar. While some, like Noiz Architects, are preparing for us to take to the stars, others take a more grounded approach: or as grounded as floating architecture can be anyway.

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What they didn’t plan for are your typical transport hub delis stocking lukewarm sandwiches or turbid bowls of soup. We still gotta eat, and we’d hate to see decades of fast and convenient – if middling – gastronomia being edged out by nouveau nutrient pastes or dehydrated steaks.

This spaceport is clearly meant to be a little ritzy – don’t expect any bounty hunter-filled cantinas anytime soon – but we’d like to see it for what it is: a peek into the future.

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