The airport in Madrid is stunning. The very modern design is warm and inviting mainly because of all those wooden slats undulating overhead.
This high-tech light contraption on the ceiling looks like it's filtering in natural light, while underneath, artificial light is being bounced off some kind of reflector. Lighting has a big effect on people, whether they recognize it or not, and natural light always has a "feel good" effect. Looks like the Barajas airport design has found a perfect combination of warm and cool light.
There's lots going on in terms of design, but it's still sleek and neat. I think I'm particularly attracted to the design too because my favorite color is yellow.
Here is the design concept of the Madrid Barajas Airport.
I saw this "Passenger Rights" sign in the check-in area. I've been bumped off a couple of times in the past and have always been (generously) compensated. Not everyone is aware of their rights though. I think all airports should have this sign. Good for you Madrid Barajas Airport!
I get very excited when I see beautifully designed airports. The unfortunate thing is that instead of just enjoying the good design for what it is, I automatically think of what we have back home and then feel sad. I hope to be able to post on the Manila airport one day. But while I have the tagline "Where I go, What I like", it looks like it's going to be a long way off.