Heinemann wins design award for T1 duty free offering at Sydney Airport

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Retail operator Heinemann has been awarded gold at the 2016 Sydney Design Awards and Summit for the interior design of its Tax and Duty Free store in Terminal 1 (T1) at Sydney Airport in Australia.

Now in its fifth year, the Sydney Design Awards recognize and celebrate interior design creativity and innovation, with a focus on the visual experience delivered through design, furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation.

Heinemann’s T1 Departures store secured gold for its innovative and unique interior design concept developed in partnership with local design firm Geyer.

Key features include a bespoke sectional design highlighting the extensive category ranges, including perfumes and cosmetics, wine and liquor, fashion, fine foods and confectionery, while tailored customer engagement zones deliver exciting retail concepts to heighten the shopping experience.

A 16ft-wide path in the middle of the concept allows passengers to make their way through the store with ease, enhancing wayfinding and improving sightlines to gates.

A contemporary and artistic interpretation of Australian jacaranda trees is woven throughout the store, with pops of purple lights descending from custom-made steel structures, creating a unique design focal point. The store also features environmentally friendly LED lighting.

Heinemann’s two dining concepts, Bridge Bar and Coast Café, provide passengers with a relaxing environment to enjoy a meal pre-flight. Bridge Bar features rich wood tones and brass accents embodying the urban feel of Alexandria, while Coast Café showcases an impressive sandstone facade and lighter tones to represent The Rocks.

Constantin Wiesmann, managing director, Heinemann Australia, said, “This award is confirmation that in collaboration with Geyer, Heinemann Australia has created a truly remarkable environment. We set a robust brief to construct the largest duty-free store that empowers the Australian aesthetic, while creating a uniquely Sydney and memorable experience for international visitors and locals. This win is brilliant recognition that together, we not only delivered a world-class retail space, but have further cemented Heinemann as a leader in travel retail.”

Glyn Williams, general manager retail, Sydney Airport, said, “We congratulate our partner Heinemann Tax and Duty Free on winning this award. We’re very proud to be working with such an innovative duty-free partner, delivering exceptional value and choice and exciting shopping experiences for T1 passengers.”

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