The Barcelona 1992 Olympics Games required refurbishing and expanding the existing terminal to provide the city with a modern gateway for visitors and athletes.
Barcelona Airport was subjected to a major remodeling operation in order to prepare for the leap in capacity from six million passengers/year to twelve million, with a similar doubling of the capacity for aircraft on the ground.
This terminal building was built with a markedly rationalized construction system, consisting of a double facade and an architectonic concrete structure. The Ramblas, an interior longitudinal street one kilometer long connecting the terminals, overlooks the spectacle of the moving aircraft.
The project included the installation of twelve telescopic gangways for direct boarding from terminal to plane. The scheme involved the configuration of the runway and in particular of the apron, which had to be extended.
Photo credits: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura