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Terminal 4 at Madrid Barajas Airport

By: Bianca Bartz - Published: Jan 30, 2008 • References: madrid-mad and airport-technology
The greenest way to check in for a flight may also be the most yellow. Madrid wants visitors to know from the moment they land that its citizens are concerned with the environment.

The $7.4 billion Terminal 4 at the Madrid Barajas International Airport has a canopy of wavy bamboo ceilings with built-in skylights. It's a pleasure to the eye, especially as the sustainable materials are supported by steel columns painted the sunniest of yellows.

"The terminal incorporates impressive illumination, augmented by glass panes instead of walls and numerous dome structures in the roof which allow natural light to pass through," Airport Technology reported. "With the new T4 facility Barajas is now designed to handle 70 million passengers annually."

"The 1km-long wing-shaped building was designed with a wide range of environmentally friendly, energy consumption-reducing installations such as efficient cooling systems, extensive shading to the façades and roof lights and zonal lighting."

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