When is an airport more than an airport? When it's a design-award winning airport, of course. Check that, a multiple design award-winning airport. Where, oh where, is this oasis of beauty in a world still beholden to industrial grey carpeting and the cherry-scented cleanser?
Where else but Spain? It's none other than the new terminal in Madrid's Barajas Airport, T4 or NAT, depending on who you ask. Already a winner of a Wallpaper* design award, it was named this week (alas, not yet online, but on newsstands now!) as the Best Public Space by Travel and Leisure's Design Award Jury for 2006.
So what if it's a fifteen-minute ride from the other terminals? All the more time to enjoy the sunny interior and undulating (everyone's new favorite design word) bamboo roof. Plus, thanks to those skylights there's not a fluorescent bulb to be found. That's super soothing, sure, but the best element of the design is the abscence of the TSA inside the walls of the terminal. Now that's innovation.
[Image via BioMaxi/Flickr]
· Best New Airport [Wallpaper*]