Oslo-based practice Nordic-Office of Architecture signs a 115,000 sqm expansion to Oslo Airport and has achieved the world’s first BREEAM “Excellent” sustainability rating for an airport building. The competition-winning design, which uses snow as a coolant, doubles the size of the existing terminal building with the addition of a new, 300m long pier.
Nordic- Oslo Airport “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.” – Dag-Falk Petersen, CEO of AVINOR
Nordic, an architecture practice headquartered in Oslo with offices in London and Copenhagen continued the timeless architectural expression and rational simplicity of the original airport. Counting on two completed major projects in 2017: 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.
Nordic’s design increases the airport capacity from 19million to an anticipated future capacity of 30million, whilst passenger flow was improved with a maximum walking distance of just 450m, far shorter than most airports. The practice 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.
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. 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.