Madrid: Madrid-Barajas Airport


Oddly enough, as I am a big Renzo Piano fan and recently had the chance to visit one of his first famous works the Pompidou Centre, I have never really follow the work of his collaborator Richard Rogers.

I have been to Madrid twice since this initial visit. The first time, I did not have a lot of time in Madrid so I did not complete my usual research of what architectural works are worth visiting. But just my luck that the airport turned out to be a real highlight.

I was impressed with the character of the design and the variety of textures. I tend not to read architect’s descriptions of their works so I’m not sure on Rogers’s intentions. As airports become more and more glass boxes without much distinction from one another, its nice to know that I’ve landed somewhere- especially as one who travels frequently.

If given the chance, I would definitely spend more time to discover the various spaces in this airport. Too bad with current day security that most people are whisked in and out of such built modern wonders.

Website: Richard Rogers website

Address: Madrid-Barajas Airport, Aeropuerto de Barajas, Avenida de la Hispanidad, s/n, 28042 Madrid, Spain