Larger airports have started embracing the idea of placemaking. We now desire airports that embody the essence of our cities. When we step into an airport terminal, do we instinctively know that we’ve arrived in Melbourne, Adelaide, or Singapore? Singapore Changi Airport, renowned worldwide for its remarkable indoor waterfall, entices travellers to explore the airport precinct by creating shopping malls, entertainment venues, and attractions adjacent to the airport. In land-scarce tropical Singapore, the airport becomes a destination in its own right—a shopping and dining haven.
For Adelaide Airport, our team proposed several placemaking devices. These included rising and falling sun-like spheres, symbolising departure and arrival and a large overhead digital screen celebrating truly South Australian imagery. Each airport should find its own identity to suit its specific context, differentiating it from its competitors.