World's Most Beautiful Airports
Terminal 4, Barajas Airport, Madrid
Designed by Richard Rogers Partnership, Terminal 4 opened in 2006. Its colorful pylons supporting an undulating bamboo-lined roof create a series of daylight-filled canyons in which both arriving and departing passengers pass through one spectacular space, albeit on different levels. The terminal, designed to handle 35 million passengers a year, is Madrid's bid to become Europe's dominant air-hub.
Beauty Mark: T4 is easy to understand because it's linear. "Rogers puts you inside a rainbow that stretches for half a mile," says architecture critic Paul Goldberger.