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Madrid-Barajas' Architecture Deserves a Long Layover

Where: Madrid, Spain
October 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM | by | ()

Airports are more than just a roof to sit under while transiting to a new city. More often they become places filled with the joy of reuniting friends or the sadness of bidding fond adieu, but most always they are a reflection of that particular city's local flare. With great design, an airport can be a way to show off to foreign visitors. Madrid's Barajas Airport, more specifically, the new-ish Terminal 4, is a prime example.

We admit, it's no Eero Saarinen, but this terminal gave us a sore neck the moment we walked under its high ceilings and colorful support beams. Completed and opened to the public in 2006 and home to Iberia, it's ranked among the top coolest airports through which we've had the pleasure of transiting.

Designed by Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers, the terminal strives to provide passengers with a stress-free beginning to travel, with natural light pouring from sweeping peaks in the bamboo roof to a sensible industrial use of glass and metal. The airport is the fourth busiest in Europe which can only mean that more and more passengers jump off on their journeys a little calmer than usual.

If we can take this moment to make a recommendation: next time you are traveling, instead of running through an airport frantically, take some time to stroll and absorb the building. You might just be happy with what you find. Embrace the long layover, in other words.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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