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Monday, October 16, 2006

Missing out on Stirling

This is the new terminal at Madrid Airport that beat the Senedd to win the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize for the top British-designed building.

I cannot say that I have ever been there. However, it was also designed by Richard Rogers. The difference is that this one does not look like Tescos in Swansea Marina.

Better luck next time.
I spent six hours in the Madrid airport in August (returning to the UK the day after the Heathrow bomb scare).

Aesthetically, it's lovely.

On a more practical note: (i) it would have been nice of they could have put some seats in the waiting area. There are none (you have to find a vacant gate and sit there); and (ii) it's slightly odd to build the luggage pick-up point so far away you need to take an underground train to reach it.

Apart from that, it's great.
Headline surely should have been...
Stirling Loss.
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