The team consisting of ALA Architects, HKP Architects and Ramboll Finland has won an invited competition for the renovation and expansion of Helsinki Airport’s Terminal 2 with their entry titled “City Hall.” Organized by Finnish airport operator Finavia, the competition asked four international firms to create a new airport plan centered around a reenvisioned terminal that will allow the airport to efficiently serve up to 20 million passengers per year. The winning scheme achieves these goals by creating an undulating public terrain which connects a new public plaza with the departure and arrival halls, simplifying passenger circulation through the airport, and a matching flowing wooden ceiling that references Finnish sculpture and the country’s rugged Lappish scenery. The terminal expansion consists of two main building volumes: “City Hall,” the check-in and arrival hall; and “Security Box,” the security control and baggage claim. Positioned at the entrance, City Hall and it’s dramatic form will become the new face of the terminal, while further back “Security Box” will stand out for its bright blue facade.
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