Oslo Airport is one of the most energy efficient airports in the world. It was important to set equally ambitious sustainability targets for its expansion and this has just been given the WAN Awards at the World Architecture News ceremony in London – a Scandinavian benchmark for sustainable design. The judging panel was made up of leading architects from around the world.
The recent airport expansion comprises a 52.000 m2 extension of the departures and arrivals hall, a 63.000 m2 new northern pier and an expanded railway station. The new extension is apparently the first airport building in the world to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
As part of a holistic sustainability approach, the airport has 70% public transport connectivity to Oslo city centre; the vast majority by rail. This is the highest percentage of any major airport in Europe. During the construction, both the airport and the railway station remained operational.
The curved form of the new pier provides maximum spatial value whilst having a minimal external envelope. Optimal efficiency is achieved by stacking the domestic and international zones in the pier – enabling all travelers to use all gates and giving the building a significant smaller footprint. The shape of the building takes advantage of passive solar energy and sunlight, and features low-carbon technologies like district heating and natural thermal energy
The architects for the Oslo Airport have been Nordic Office of Architecture and NSW Arkitektur – from competition stage until completion.