The Big Picture

The largest project ever undertaken by Richard Rogers Partnership is a revolution in airport design. With a budget of around one billion euros and over one million square metres of space, the new terminal at Madrid’s Barajas Airport has been created as a teeming hub, punctuated by spectacular full height ‘canyons’ filled with natural light.

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By  Monika Grzesik Published  October 16, 2006

The Big Picture|~|big-picture-body.gif|~||~|The largest project ever undertaken by Richard Rogers Partnership is a revolution in airport design. With a budget of around one billion euros and over one million square metres of space, the new terminal at Madrid’s Barajas Airport has been created as a teeming hub, punctuated by spectacular full height ‘canyons’ filled with natural light. The defining architectural element of this imposing design is the soaring roof. Clad in bamboo, it floats over the building like a smooth, undulating wing. The towering roof is supported by dramatic forked steel ‘trees’ in a brightly painted rainbow ranging from canary yellow to bottle green. The kilometre-long vista of graduated colour provides cheery relief from airport fatigue. Barajas is characterised by the grace and elegance of its design. The bold use of natural light and uninterrupted glass walls, offering continuous views onto the runways allow passengers to stay connected with the outside world. Described as a ‘cathedral of light and colour’, it is a dramatic experience — a world away from the dismal, claustrophobic maze of the conventional airport. ||**||

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