Terminal 5 Heathrow

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London, 2008


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  • East facade    
  • Control tower    
  • Control tower    
  • Terminal 5 exterior    
  • Terminal 5 view from distance    
  • Structure and glazing    
  • Structure and roof    
  • Check-in hall    
  • View from airport    
  • Ceiling and glazed facade    
  • Baggage hall    
  • Structure and ceiling    
  • Baggage in hall    
  • Plan of check-in    
  • Plan of departures    
  • Section    
  • Technical section    
  • Render of exterior    
  • Render of departures lounge    

Global hub for British Airways at Heathrow Airport, designed to handle 35 million passengers a year

The main terminal is a long-span ‘envelope’ with a flexibility of internal space conceptually similar to that of the practice’s much earlier design for the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Departure and arrivals areas, check-in desks, commercial space, retail, offices, passenger lounges, back-up and other facilities are all contained within freestanding steel-framed structures inside the building and can be dismantled and reconfigured as future needs change.

The multi-level scheme is contained beneath a curved floating roof, supported by slim columns at the perimeter edges. Passengers depart and arrive in a terminal building which offers generous spaces and views across the airport.


  • Begun: Sep 2002
  • Completed: Mar 2008
  • Floor area: 371,520m2
  • Sector: Transport
  • Total cost: £43M
  • Address: Heathrow Airport, London, TW6 2, United Kingdom

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