Fort McMurray International Airport, a category winner of the 42nd annual IIDA Interior
Design Competition, is Canada’s fastest growing
airport. The new three-story hub provides access
to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in
Northern Alberta and its burgeoning oil industry.
“The vast majority of users at Fort McMurray
are business travelers in the broadest sense of the
definition. As designers, we addressed this through
spatial organization and a sequence that lends itself
to very fast efficient passenger flow and a reduction
in visual clutter, which fosters a mental well-being
for working travelers,” said Michelle Biggar, principal at mcfarlane biggar architects + designers.
The airport also includes a landscaped outdoor courtyard that brings natural light into the
space and allows travelers the option of an outdoor waiting area.
TUVE, a boutique hotel in Hong Kong and a category winner in the 2015
IIDA Global Excellence Awards, employs similar strategies. While guests still
have the opportunity to connect and be productive, TUVE is designed to be
a space for the “senses to be revived.”
“We use light and shadows throughout the hotel to create an atmosphere
of serenity,” said Lam Wai Ming, design director at Design Systems Ltd.
“We understand that travelers need to catch up with their work, but instead
of creating an office away from the office, we encourage travelers to take
a step back from the stress and hectic schedules.”
According to a recent report by the travel website Skift, 60 percent of
international travelers have taken trips that combine business and leisure,
which means that being tucked away in a hotel room is no longer an attractive
option. Business travelers want to experience the community. “We used to
design enclosed corporate spaces where business people could rent a room,
do work, and leave,” said Pablo Quintana of VOA Associates Inc.
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Spatial organization and sequence
make for an efficient travel
experience at the Fort McMurray