Taller de Arquitectura Barcelona Airport Terminal 1
The mission of the new terminal was to serve as a communications gateway linking Barcelona with the rest of Europe and the world, to promote passenger mobility and to expand connections to the airport by different forms of transport, high-speed train, local trains, and the subway.
The building is comprised of two main spaces under the same
roof; one is 500 meters wide, for check-in, security and baggage
collection, the other is 700 meters long, accommodating
pre-boarding and boarding areas.
The sustainable white granite structure allows light to filter through glass curtain walls creating a "Mediterranean-style" terminal.
The architecture of the interior of the terminal, known as the
"sky center," blends straight and curved forms, and the glass walls
allow for panoramic views of the city and the surrounding
landscape. Ceramic-tile ceilings are slightly arched lending a
Curtain walls, designed to resist air, water infiltration, wind
and its own dead load forces are composed of an aluminum framing
filled with glass to provide an architecturally-pleasing and
By combining maximum functionality, local technology, respect
for the environment and unique architecture, the new airport
terminal will become an intercontinental hub, a reference and
original prototype for forthcoming hubs.
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Last updated: December 19, 2013
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