Client : lux-Airport s.a. Place : Findel, Luxembourg Execution : 2008 Gross area : 40,000 m2
The concept of “non-place” – so valuable in differentiating between “places” charged with memory, with meaning, with genius loci, and “non-places”, uninhabitable and anonymous – could prove to be confusing, if all the dynamic and fluid spaces of modern life were to be indiscriminately included within it.
All of the world’s railway stations or airport buildings, once classified as “non-places”, would thus automatically be considered to be irrevocably inhuman spaces.
Key to the airport’s design is the idea of rising to this challenge and offering people a facility that fulfils their needs by creating a welcoming environment for the life flowing through it every day. The aim is to imbue it with the qualities of a “habitable” place, a place of farewells and returns, of first contact with the country, meetings, purchases, meals and pleasant stays, even if short-lived.
The main terminal is intended for the use of medium and large aircraft, which are reached by walkways; it takes the form of a large public space, spanned by a 100 x 100-metre roof, illuminated across its entire surface by daylight, with views opening on to the outside world. The brightness of the spaces, the ease of orientation and the soft colour scheme of the materials used – wood and aquatic green paint – combine to create a natural atmosphere. Travellers and visitors can admire the forest landscape and watch the planes on the runway from the panoramic restaurant. An internal bridge built over the passport control and security areas and linking up the landside with the airside leads to the restaurant.
With its many shops, bar and VIP lounge, the terminal serving the smaller aircraft is linked to the main terminal by travelators installed in the linking bridge. It was conceived on a scale in keeping with that of the small aircraft that stand at its departure gates. Passengers can reach the planes directly from the departure lounge without having to use intermediate means of transport.