Construction year: 2018
Architect(s): FUD | Lombardini22
Address: Via Aquileia, 48, 34077 Ronchi dei Legionari GO, Italy
Latitude/Longitude: 45.82089, 13.48541
Trieste Airport’s intermodal platform opened to the public thirteen months after the first stone was laid. The new transport hub for the Friuli Venezia Giulia region is a combination of a totally redeveloped airport, a railway station, a coach/bus station, a new multi-storey car park and a ground-level car park; there is also an internal road network with both public and private roadways and a pedestrian link between the airport and other facilities featuring an overhead walkway covering a total length of 425 metres that can be reached by lifts, escalators, fire escapes and moving walkways designed by Lombardini22 to make walking around easier. A combination of features aimed at transforming the terminal into an eye-catching modern facility.
The steel and glass pedestrian walkway running right across the intermodal hub from the airport was jointly developed by Lombardini22/FUD. Based on a careful study of the location and its distinctive identity, the pattern of colours directly inspired by the surroundings replicates the layout of the farmlands around the infrastructure. The rhythmic pattern of solids and spaces, sky and ground, dictates the facade’s colors and materials. Lombardini22 designed the walkway around a modular feature based on Trieste Airport’s iconic symbol. It has been manipulated and extruded to create a modulus forming a new compositional feature helping inject dynamism into the facade.
A striking new and easily identifiable entrance was opened at the same time as the walkway. The ongoing working partnership with FUD meant there was consistency and continuity in the work carried out on its coordinated image and interiors, both in terms of style and purposes. The colour blue, an authentic chromatic leitmotif in the image of the airport and its interiors, is (here) the main means of attracting and welcoming passengers and everybody else using or working in the facility.
Important modernisation work on the airport has also involved the interiors: from the waiting areas and restaurants to the departures area, boarding gates and arrivals area. Focused on simplifying the passenger experience through a clear and immediate universal language, FUD’s project guides and informs through effective, intuitive communication that is also pleasant and ‘edgy’.
Lombardini22 and FUD have also designed a new canopy roof over the airport façade – again based on the idea of fitting in seamlessly with the site’s overall image – which will be the next stage in redeveloping the hub. The aim is to make the main airport structure iconic and easily identifiable for all passengers by maintaining close continuity with the previous phases in the redevelopment project.
Working alongside the client, FUD has designed a coordinated visual communication system that plays a key role in relaunching the airport. Name, tagline, logo, signage and colour scheme: FUD’s project is based around the location’s identity, focusing on simplifying the passenger experience. Friuli Venezia Giulia is a place where different nations come together, it is a border region between European three main ethnic-linguistic groups: Latin, Slav and Germanic. Trieste Airport has its own unique and very special identity, whose very essence has been brought to the fore by FUD: smart, territorial, practical and reliable, transnational, integrated. A people-friendly airport blending together concepts and ideals like internationality, simplicity, connection speed, innovation and tradition. Trieste Airport identifies with these values. It embodies a new means of communication.
By its very nature an airport is a place full of signs, information and messages. It was FUD’s job to rationalize and organise the information flow in a pleasant and enjoyable way. FUD has created a graphic, symbolic and functional experience using the same basic language to create the facility’s entire identity, making every single detail clear, visible and effective. People – in this case travelers – are at the focus of the experience.
Client: Società di gestione Aeroporto Friuli Venezia Giulia S.p.A.
Services: Physical branding, architectural design for a pedestrian walkway and new entrance
Contributed by Lombardini22