Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners and Haptic Architects design new regional airport in the municipality of Rana in Norway
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.
The client called for a sustainable terminal building that would become a gateway to the Arctic Circle region, whilst responding to the immediate natural context and Norwegian culture. 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 minimises 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, central volume. A fully glazed envelope connects passengers with the landscape at all times, be it in the departure lounge or baggage reclaim. This relies on an entirely interrupted perimeter of space, with all facilities located centrally. It is this intermediate space, which is most important in successfully integrating the user with the environment and in turn the building with its environment.
The architects said of the project: “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 and ultimately delivers a new gateway to the Arctic Circle."