Delivering a uniquely Wellington welcome

Wellington International Airport South Terminal Expansion

Airports are dynamic environments. Changes in passenger flows and regulation requirements can happen overnight, meaning the design of the physical infrastructure must be flexible and adaptable. Responding to their '2030 Strategic Plan', the South Terminal expansion provided the airport the opportunity to radically enhance their capability to adapt, whilst delivering a uniquely Wellington welcome.
Glue laminated structural timber frames were chosen for their inherent sustainability benefits, and timber has been used throughout to add a sense of warmth as a counter to the increasingly clinical global aviation environments.
The diamond cross-hatched, glazed façade alludes to the image of a hīnaki, or eel net.
The scale and directionality of the timber beams act as a subtle wayfinding device - pointing you in the direction you need to go. 
The 450x150mm timber members are laminated together in thin layers, supported below floor level on a steel angle and each is pinned to the lintel at the top with a stainless-steel bolt. 
Timber-laminated beams in the ceiling disguise extensive servicing hidden in the ceiling

Collective Effort

Collective Effort

Katherine Skipper
Executive Team, Principal
Ralph Roberts
Jake Nash
Senior Associate
Rodney Sampson
Head of Design, Principal
2018 NZ Commercial Project Awards - Tourism/Leisure - Gold 2017 NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards - Commercial 2017 World Architecture Festival Awards - Transport - Finalist 2017 NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards - Interior