Oslo Airport, Duty Free Pavilions
- Location Oslo Aiport, Norway
- Area140.000 m²
- Year — 2017
- Client Oslo Lufthavn AS
Airport planning and design
Retail and commercial development is a critical part of airport design. Not only does it generate jobs and revenue, when done right, it also enhances the overall airport experience.
The duty-free pavilions at Oslo’s Gardermoen International Airport are no exception. The pavilions are important architectural landmarks for the terminal and create a unique micro-environment that complements the building design and unifies the retail units.
A wayfinding experience
These pavilions are a balance between half-private rentable floor area outside and complete rentable floor area inside. The half-private zones have movable items that can be stored inside the pavilion after opening hours.
At eye-level, passengers can see the variations in ceiling levels, subtle geometric differences, and distinct openings carefully placed within the terminal. The pavilions share several features, such as shape and materiality, providing a unified visual expression.
The duty-free pavilions provide a rich and playful spatial experience for passengers and encourage retail tenants to creatively display their goods. Their placement also helps guide the passenger flow, easing orientation and serving as wayfinding elements.
A parametric 3D model
We designed the pavilions with the use of a parametric 3D model. This allows us to research the form while controlling the structural integrity of the model in real time and provide a direct translation into the fabrication stage. Furthermore, the tool enables changes to the overall design strategy quickly and effectively via the parametric definition so that any final adjustments can be implemented prior to the manufacture.