Terminal Two - Dublin Airport, Ireland

Pascal + Watson Architects
Date Built
Officially opened on November 19, 2010
Work began on Dublin Airport's second terminal in 2007.  It was opened to the public in November of 2010 by Taoiseach Brian Cowen.  The architects, Pascal + Watson, say that the new building was, " ... designed specifically with the traveller’s needs in mind."  They describe their building as, "visually striking ... ," adding that it, " ... makes maximum use of natural daylight, creating bright and airy spaces that are both calm and relaxing. ... The building sets new standards in sustainable terminal design, achieving a 17% reduction in CO2 emissions when compared to statutory complaint design.  Terminal 2 provides an iconic gateway to Ireland and has gained recognition in being awarded the Corus Structural Steel Design Award 2010 and the CMG Building Design Awards Public Building of the Year 2010 as voted by the general public."

At the opening ceremony the Taoiseach said that “T2 was designed and built not just for this year or the next, but for many decades into the future.”  The Dublin Airport Authority website points out that, "At its peak, Terminal 2 was the largest construction project in the state, and employed up to 2,600 workers on site. During three years of construction, more than 10,400 men and women were involved in the project and more than 1,000 new jobs will be created with the opening of the new terminal. "