HARRIS + HOOLE, STANSTED AIRPORT | LONDON, UK | 2014
The only branch of the artisan coffee shop chain located within an international airport. As part of Stansted’s £150 million refurbishment, this project provided the opportunity to challenge the conventions of the traditional airport experience, exploring how design can create a sense of place within a transitory environment.
Located directly between security and duty-free, the challenge was to encourage people to stop and dwell in an area typically overlooked as a destination. A bespoke timber canopy ceiling and low lighting provided a warm, natural haven that served as a respite from the stress and crowds outside.
Airport design brought its own set of unique challenges - from the incorporation of flight information display screens to the additional regulations and specialist testing that all equipment, fixtures and fittings were subject to. The canopy ceiling structure in particular, required airport sign-off at each stage of the process – including the bespoke design of the glulam beams and columns, installation logistics, open ceiling elements and lighting schematic alongside a complex sprinkler system.