New Avinor Oslo Airport Building, Norwegian Architecture, Design, Expansion Project
New Avinor Oslo Airport
Nye Oslo lufthavn – Norwegian Aviation Building – design by NORDIC – Office of Architecture
13 Sep 2017
Winner of the international prize for best airport design
The new Oslo Airport has been awarded the prestigious “Best Airport Terminal Design” prize as part of the renowned Future Travel Experience Global conference held in the USA.
“This award is a significant recognition of the work that has been carried out at Oslo Airport and by our architects and other partners”, says Thorgeir Landevaag, Director of Terminal Operations at Oslo Airport.
Oslo Airport was competing against other airports around the world for the award and took the top spot ahead of Dallas Airport and Zagreb Airport as the other participants in the final heat. The Future Travel Experience Global conference is an international meeting place for airlines, airports, authorities and other stakeholders associated with the aviation industry.
In justifying their choice for the prize, the panel of judges focused in particular on the sustainable solutions connected with the airport expansion. The architect who handled the expansion project is also delighted:
“This is a really great recognition of the work completed by the whole team and demonstrates that Norwegian architecture, engineering and design can hold its own at an international level. We are especially pleased that the judges emphasised sustainability as part of the criteria for the prize”, says Gudmund Stokke, Principal Partner at Nordic — Office of Architecture.
“The most important thing for us is to deliver what travellers expect from us each and every day. This prize is confirmation that we are doing our job properly and being named Europe’s most punctual airport at the same time is a great advertisement for the entire organisation”, concludes Landevaag.
28 Apr 2017
New Avinor Oslo Airport
Worlds greenest terminal launches at Oslo Airport
Design: Nordic-Office of Architecture
Designed by Oslo-based practice Nordic-Office of Architecture, the 115,000 sqm expansion to Oslo Airport sets new standards in sustainability. The competition-winning design, which uses snow as a coolant, has achieved the world’s first BREEAM ‘Excellent’ sustainability rating for an airport building.
The expansion doubles the size of the existing terminal building with the addition of a new, 300m long pier. Nordic continued the timeless architectural expression and rational simplicity of the original airport – which the practice designed in 1998 – whilst introducing new design elements to enhance the passenger experience. Nordic also updated the existing train station, which sits at the heart of the airport enabling 70% of all passengers to access the airport by public transport.
Nordic’s design increases the airport capacity from 19 million to an anticipated future capacity of 30 miliion, whilst passenger flow was improved with a maximum walking distance of just 450m, far shorter than most airports.
The multi-disciplinary design team applied an holistic approach to sustainability, including the harvesting of as much on-site energy as possible. Snow from the runways will be collected and stored during wintertime in an on site depot to be used as coolant during the summer. Natural materials have been used throughout the building: the new pier is entirely clad in timber sourced from Scandinavian forests. Recycled steel and special, environmentally friendly, concrete mixed with volcanic ash has been used throughout. By choosing environmentally friendly materials, the building’s CO2 emissions were reduced by 35%.
Enhanced levels of insulation mean the project has achieved Passive House level performance standards. Energy consumption in the new expansion has been cut by more than 50% compared to the existing terminal.
Passenger comfort and well-being have been key drivers of the design throughout. Artificial lighting is designed only as a minimal supplement to high levels of natural daylight, and can be set to reflect different moods according to weather, season and time of day. The compact layout of the building, transparency and open spaces enhances visual legibility and wayfinding, providing reassurance and peace of mind for travellers. A panoramic window at the north end of the pier, a 300-metre long skylight and curved glazed windows on both sides open up the view to the surrounding landscape and beyond.
Green walls and water features, suggestive of Scandinavian forests enhance the experience for passengers as they move through the terminal. The retail units in duty free areas have been conceived as organic stone forms associated with Norwegian landscapes.
Gudmund Stokke, Founder and Head of design at Nordic-Office of Architecture commented: “We are delighted to have delivered a project which not only develops Oslo Airport’s distinctive architecture, but one which also provides a greatly enhanced experience for passengers.“
Dag-Falk Petersen, CEO of AVINOR commented: “Oslo Airport is now more spacious, more efficient and more comfortable for the passengers. The expansion project was delivered on time and under budget by the design team.”
Nordic’s team is currently working on ten airport projects in seven different countries. Istanbul New Airport, is scheduled to open next year and, once completed, will be the largest airport in the world.
New Oslo Airport Building – Design Team
Design Team for New Avinor Oslo Airport
Nordic — Office of Architecture has led the multi-disciplinary design team with COWI, Norconsult, Aas-Jakobsen, IPRAS as the main partners. UK based AKT II, Speirs + Majors and Buro Happold have acted as sub-consultants to the team.
About Nordic Office of Architecture
Nordic – Office of Architecture is an architecture practice headquartered in Oslo with offices in London and Copenhagen. The practice works globally and has over 35 years experience working across a range of technically complex projects. Nordic’s international team has built an enviable reputation for working in diverse sectors including infrastructure, masterplanning, education and healthcare. 2017 sees the completion of two major projects: Gardermoen, Terminal 2 extension to Oslo Airport and Bergen airport. The practice’s landmark Istanbul New Airport, due to open in 2018, will be the largest airport in the world.
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16 Sep 2010
Design: NORDIC – Office of Architecture – formerly Narud Stokke Wiig Architects and Planners
Winning entry in an invited competition for new terminal and pier at the existing airport to increase capacity from 20 to 35 mppa.
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