Barajas Airport Madrid | Richard Rogers

Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and opened in 2006, the Barajas Airport in Madrid is one of the largest buildings in Europe and one of the continents main aviation hubs. I was travelling overland through Spain in 2010 and took the train from central Madrid to visit the project and it was one of the most memorable ‘architectural’ experiences I have had.

Originally known as the Richard Rogers Partnership, the firm was redefined a few years back as Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and is today one of the world’s leading design firms. In over thirty years of operation, RSHP has produced some of the world’s most sophisticated architecture. While currently there are no completed projects in China, RSHP has proposed two designs in Shanghai – the 1994 Shanghai Masterplan and the 2003 design for Pudong Airport Terminal 2.

I read Brian Appleyard’s biography on Richard Rogers (Faber & Faber, 1986), in 1991, and since then have admired his work a great deal. Two other publications by Richard Rogers that I would recommend are Cities for a Small Planet (Faber & Faber, 1997) and Cities for a Small Country (Faber & Faber, 2000).

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