narita airport’s terminal 3 is connected with color-coded running tracks
photography by kenta hasegawa
japan GOOD DESIGN award: completed well in advance of the 2020 olympics in tokyo, narita international airport’s new terminal has been designed around an indoor running track. the color-coded circuit, which links the entirety of the scheme, not only helps with wayfinding, but also provides a comfortable walking experience throughout the terminal’s interior.
the terminal has been designed around an indoor running track
completed by japanese creative lab PARTY – alongside retailers muji and consultants nikken – the collaborative team focused on creating a low-cost airport in terms of both architecture and interior design. consequently, the terminal is unusual in that there are no moving walkways or illuminated signs, but instead a system of red and blue running lanes connects the project- blue pathways for departures and red for arrivals.
the airport is unusual in that there are no moving walkways or illuminated signs
the layout is connected via a system of red and blue pathways
blue lanes are for departures, while red is used for arrivals
the surface also provides a comfortable walking experience throughout
the project has been completed well in advance of the 2020 olympic games in tokyo
the colored surfaces play an essential role in wayfinding
retailers muji were responsible for furniture design
consultants nikken were in charge of the terminal’s construction
an open area for dining within the recently opened airport
creative director: naoki ito
designer: chihiro konno
account director: hironori onozaki
director + music composer: satoshi murai (TYMOTE)
director of photography: koho kotake
animators: yuuki matsuoka (TYMOTE), shin matsuoka
sound recorder: yuta oido (IMAGICA）
vocals: nonchi (ALT)
online studio: khaki
producer: taro mikami (CEKAI / GROUNDRIDDIM), takehiro ikuta (ROVA)
stills photographer: kenta hasegawa
assistant: masato chiba
nikken sekkei ltd: shinji kaneuchi, wataru tanaka, takao goto, yasumasa hongo
ryouhin keikaku co. ltd: tokunori yoda, atsushi haruna, noriyuki tatsumi, naoko yano, nobuyuki tanimoto, yusuke koyama, akira katou, daiki saitou, kazuaki okamoto, yoshihiro kataoka, masataka wakisaka
special thanks: kuki akaeda, eri kiuchi, rumiko nango
narita international airport has won the 2015 japan GOOD DESIGN gold award, presented during tokyo designers week 2015.
the GOOD DESIGN award was founded in 1957 by the japanese ministry of international trade and industry and is hosted by the japan institute for design promotion. the ‘g mark’ emblem reflects comprehensive design values and principles that aim to enrich lives, industries and society.