Check out these futuristic renderings of La Guardia Airport

The regional hub is getting a revamp by 2021, and this proposal shows a roomy, light-filled terminal to replace the dilapidated facility

Rendering: ©2014 Neoscape, Inc.

It's no secret that La Guardia is a majorly outdated airport. With 12 million people traveling annually through what VP Joe Biden famously called a "third-world" facility, it currently handles twice as many passengers as it was built for—and that number is expected to rise to 18 million by 2030. Fortunately, the Port Authority (PA) is undertaking a La Guardia overhaul expected to be completed by 2021, and Neoscape—a Manhattan firm commissioned by passenger advocacy organization Global Gateway Alliance—released these ambitious renderings to raise awareness for the space's potential.

In this modern, glassy design, the Queens airport's central terminal would be one third larger than the current one—but even at 1.3 million square feet, the swoopy space still fits within the PA's parameters. Most importantly, the proposal includes a direct subway line to the regional hub. (Note that these designs aren't a formal proposal to compete for the contract.)

The PA is expected to select a firm for the $2.5 billion redevelopment this spring. Let's be realistic—it's unlikely La Guardia will ever look like this, but our fingers are crossed that the subway part of the plan comes to fruition.

(h/t Condé Nast Traveler)

Rendering: ©2014 Neoscape, Inc.

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