A set of experiential spaces transforms the airport terminal into a new and unknown condition. The spaces exposes the permanent inhabitant of the city of the experiences of the displaced, thus acting as a therapy for our divided societies.
Replacing the existing Terminal 3 in Copenhagen Airport, Denmark, my redesigned airport terminal is based on the experiences of the displaced, thus acting as a therapy of our fragmented societies transforming the urban transitional space into a new and unknown condition.
Growing and increasing in impact over the last 200 years, our individualistic narrative now transcends all layers that make up our presence. It has created a two-folded reality where our societies have divided us into “us” and “them”, where we lack the sense of safety and belonging. Copenhagen Airport became the manifestation of this type of fragmentation as Sweden closed its borders in January 2016, turning the airport’s train station into an external territory extending the 15 minute trip across the bridge to a 90 minute wait.
Using the airport as its ultimate stage, a set of 12 notional spaces materialise the experiences of the displaced, such as rejection, anxiety, disorientation. When resolved against the program of the airport, each space’s specific reality exaggerates the common feeling to traumatic levels and is thus able to reveal the built-in destructive forces of our societies and its permanent inhabitants and creates links between the personal experience and the social reality. Through these links, the displaced can become acknowledged and we can create an alternative future where we overcome the current social, political and programmatic fragmentation creating a situation where displacement is becoming a future norm.
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