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Zaragoza Airport

First prize in the International Competition organized by Aena (Spanish Airports & Air Navigation). The purpose of the project was to develop a modern and competitive infrastructure to boost Zaragoza as the main gateway to the Universal Exposition Zaragoza 2008. We sought not only to serve the increase in international traffic generated during Expo 2008, but also to open the city to European traffic, presenting Zaragoza as a new tourist destination.

The terminal building responds to a simple geometry based on eleven staggered modules, which results in a sinuous movement shape that reinforces the building’s character through the roof and turns it into an icon. The design stands out for its functionality and responds to three basic principles: flexibility (modular structure allowing multi-stage growth), clarity (the spatial configuration accompanies the passage of the user through the building), and maximization of natural light (incorporating skylights in areas where passengers spend more time).

The most representative and iconic element of the entire structure is the roof. Thanks to its undulating surface, it reminds us of the main theme of Expo 2008: water and sustainable development.

Environmental responsibility was a key priority in the design of this building. The geometric simplicity allows not only the optimization of the interior layout, but also extensive use of natural light, contributing to great energy savings.

A rectangular layout facilitates the flow of passengers and reduces waiting and circulation times; furthermore, check-in and boarding procedures are streamlined. The terminal's operational areas are located on the ground floor, including check-in services, departures and arrivals. Offices, multi-purpose areas and a panoramic deck are located on the first floor. Outside, the landscape design has sought the preservation of existing green areas through a pine reforestation plan.

​​​​​​​A new gateway to Europe through a modern and competitive infrastructure


AENOR Energy Efficiency Certificate 2012. Project shortlisted for the Mies Van der Rohe 2009 International Prize.


Place/Date: Zaragoza, 2005-2008
Client: Aena
Budget: 35 M €
Area: 22.000 m² total (16.000 m² terminal)
Architects: luis vidal + architects
Contributors: Sener Ingeniería, Episa, Tomás Dalda, Fhecor, Alicia de la Rosa, Leo Fernández
Project Status: Built
Team: Ignacio Álvarez-Monteserín - Claudio Balluff - Marta Cumellas - Isabel Gil - Marcin Koltunski - José Luis Lleó - David López - Elisa Martínez - Manuel Navarro - Martina Rauhut - Irene Rojo de las Heras - David Sobrino - Óscar Torrejón - Veronica Van Kesteren - Marcos Velasco - Luis Vidal