Sunday, November 7, 2010

Regional Airport Rana, Norway

1 Jun 2010

Narud Stokke Wiig / AVIAPLAN of Norway, in collaboration with London based Haptic Architects have revealed plans for a new regional airport in the municipality of Rana in Norway, just south of the Arctic Circle.

The forested, mountain site provides a stunning setting for the new airport and terminal building, with views to the Fiords and a prime location to see the midnight sun and famous northern lights.l
The terminal building and distinctive roof form is inspired by a local landmark; the mountain of Træna with its dramatic sculpted peaks and the local vernacular of steep pitched roof forms. The folded metal roof touches minimally with the ground to define passenger entrances and connections to planes on the airside, culminating in a tall peak, to integrate the airport control tower. The roof form is designed for substantial snow loads and minimizes solar gain through its overhangs and vertical planes.
In plan, the passenger flows are straightforward, with check-in and security control located centrally under the tallest volume. A fully glazed envelope connects passengers with the landscape at all times, be it in the departure lounge or baggage reclaim.

“Working within such a dramatic landscape is very inspiring but provides a significant challenge. Our intention was to create a terminal building that was sympathetic to this natural and remote environment but that embraced the wider cultural references. We are working with a simple material palette but expressive roof form, that makes for some exciting internal spaces”, said a spokesman for Narud Stokke Wiig and Haptic Architects.
The project is at feasibility stage, with the project team working closely with the Norwegian Airport Authority to develop plans for a future planning application.
Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners/Aviaplan is an Oslo-based office operating world wide. NSW offers full services in contemporary architecture and planning, urban and interior design, as well as in industrial and graphic design. The practice specialises in large scale projects of high complexity and have completed a range of hospitals, university buildings and airports, including the Oslo International Airport and Hyderabad International Airport in India.

Haptic Architects is a London based office with international outlook. The practice was established in 2008 by Scott Grady, Timo Haedrich and Tomas Stokke. Haptic is currently working in the UK, Norway, Germany, Maldives, Switzerland, India and Libya. Their current portfolio ranges from luxury residential, eco-resort hotels, infrastructure and cultural projects. As a design based practice we believe that the shift away from the ‘optical’ to the ‘haptical’ is a move that benefits the users of the buildings we design. We are fascinated by spatial qualities such as volume and form but also light, materials, views and variety. We are concerned that we should have a light touch on the planet, by making buildings as sustainable and resource-light as possible.

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