Barcelona Airport makes public new Terminal T1


Barcelona Airport makes public new Terminal T1

Barcelona’s new Terminal T1 recently debuted at Barcelona Airport, solidifying Barcelona’s situation as one of Europe’s top ten airports. Native son Ricardo Bofill, has planned a sleek sword-shaped construction that is flooded with natural light from its floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Some 100,000 passengers a day will pass through the 5.8 million square-foot terminal, which is predictable to greet 30 million a year. The US $1.7 billion terminal boasts a spa, fitness center, hair salon, four VIP lounges, and a multi-faith chapel. In the airport’s 256,181-square-foot shopping area, there are 51 shops and 30 bars and restaurants. Business tourists will have entrance to the 28,000-square-foot business center that has five offices and a multipurpose section with five board rooms. The center also has a gym and a rest area with 10 rooms with beds, baths and TVs. For people with compact mobility, 49 moving walkways, 26 mechanical ramps, 48 escalators and 125 elevators make available accessibility. Travelers can ask for assistance at eight meeting points and other information centers. There is Wi-Fi access all over the terminal. Made of polished white granite, the sustainable construction allows light to filter through the glass curtain walls creating a “Mediterranean-style” terminal. Ceramic-tile ceilings are slightly arched, lending a futuristic effect. The architecture of the interior of the terminal, known as the “sky center,” blends straight and curved forms, and the glass walls permit for panoramic views of the city and the nearby scenery. The terminal is one of the major civil engineering projects in recent times undertaken in Europe. Bofill planned the construction with sustainability in mind, placing hundreds of solar panels on the aluminum roof. Consequently, 70 percent of the water in T1 is heated using thermal collectors. 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 offer an architecturally-pleasing and light-filled composition.
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