Madrid terminal design honored

From the Associated Press

Madrid’s new Barajas International Airport terminal, featuring vast, light-filled halls, has been honored with the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize -- Britain’s most prestigious architecture award.

The building’s designer, the Richard Rogers Partnership, beat five other challengers for the $35,400 prize with its colorful airport terminal, three-quarters of a mile long. The terminal, which officially opened Feb. 4, came in at a final cost of $7.2 billion and doubled the size of the Spanish capital’s main airport.

“Whatever the means of approach, by air or by land, the sheer scale and complexity of what has been tackled and achieved here cannot be overestimated,” the judges said of the design.

The Stirling Prize honors the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the last year.