Art Hash: Art, Blended
If you love travel and top-flight design (no pun intended), Madrid’s airport might well be a must-see destination on your next international adventure. Airports, high-design, and serenity aren’t words you often find used in tandem, but they’re more than well-deserved when describing Madrid’s award-winning Barajas Airport. Overseeing this futuristic meets organic high-tech design was the Richard Rogers Partnership of the UK, also known for, among others, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Millenium Dome in London. Travelers aren’t the only ones giving their nod of approval: In 2006, the Barajas Airport was awarded architecture’s premier honor: the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Construction began on the 1.2 km space (two terminals) in 2000 with completion in 2004. Not only beautiful, but superbly functional, the Richard Rogers’ terminals incorporate undulating sculptural panels. color-spectrum shifting lights, and soaring ceilings. While most airports offer a confining experience at best, Barajas transports visitors en route and on return from their air-bound journeys, understanding that “getting there” is all part of the experience.