Barajas airport, a window on Madrid with LafargeHolcim concrete

18 April 2013

In Spain, LafargeHolcim was involved in building terminal 4 at Madrid-Barajas airport. This majestic gateway into the Spanish capital was designed by architect Richard Rogers, who shaped the concrete into particularly bold forms and bright colors!


Landing in Madrid at Terminal 4 of Barajas Airport is first and foremost a powerful esthetic experience. Not surprisingly, this elegant 1.2 kilometer long building, with a wave-shaped roof, towering gigantic brightly colored pillars and wide windows, designed by the celebrated British architect Richard Rogers, has won a number of international prizes.

The terminal was inaugurated in 2006 following 60 months of work, which included the terminal itself, its satellite (TS4), roads, tunnels and two parking lots! LafargeHolcim was at the forefront of this extraordinary project. We provided the cement and aggregates and produced concrete on-site with six mobile plants:

  • traditional concrete,
  • high-strength concrete,
  • Agilia® self-leveling and self-compacting concrete (primarily for the pillars of the hall).

Connecting Madrid to the world

The new terminal has doubled the capacity of Madrid-Barajas from 35 million to 70 million passengers per year, making it now one of the busiest in Europe. It is positioned as the main hub for traffic between Europe and South America. Travelers can also enjoy a large shopping center with leisure and business facilities, as well as a fast connection to the city center with a new metro station and numerous bus lines.

All of which will attract still more visitors and tourists to the city of Madrid!