Finnish interior designer Stefan Lindfors has transformed the luggage lobby at Helsinki Airport to create a unique and memorable experience for arriving passengers. The main theme for the artistic redesign is Finnish nature although the walls do feature a hand-drawn circuit board pattern in homage to Finnish IT expertise. Passengers can also view a number of glass showcases containing plants and forest wildlife native to Finland.
“Many airports are very similar in style, whether you are in the Nordic countries, Central Europe or the US,” said Lindfors. “I want all my work to really stand out from the others. I want the passengers arriving in the lobby to experience something unique and to feel that they have just arrived in Finland.”
Finnish airport operator Finavia has worked with Lindfors on several past projects including a Concorde sculpture resembling a dragonfly unveiled at Helsinki Airport in 1993. Lindfors also created a 20-metre tall sculpture called Aviator Solaris for Vaasa Airport in 2003.
Ville Haapasaari, senior vice president for Finavia, said, “Helsinki Airport is Finland’s business card and for many passengers the first contact with Finland. That is why it is important that we stand out from other airports in a surprising way. A memorable arrival lobby will leave a positive impression on a passenger and that might make them travel via Helsinki Airport the next time.”
For more on the latest baggage handling and passenger processing trends, don’t forget to register for the Passenger Terminal Conference, which includes a dedicated Passenger Processing: Baggage Handling, Tracking & Identification session on Thursday 12 March. The Passenger Terminal Conference takes place alongside the Passenger Terminal Expo, to be held in Paris, France, 10-12 March, 2015.