2014-07-03, kl. 15:56
On the Swedish island of Gotland, visitors are welcomed on the streets of Visby by symbolic local Gute sheep, cast in concrete. Now Göteborg Landvetter Airport is presenting its own version, with 30 specially designed traffic barriers in the form of small aeroplanes. During the autumn, a competition was held among all the companies at the airport to submit design suggestions, and today the winning contribution was unveiled at Göteborg Landvetter.
All around airports, concrete traffic barriers are used as a natural means of marking traffic and passenger flows. In order to give shape to something as functional as a traffic barrier, Göteborg Landvetter held a competition during the autumn to gather design ideas. A total of 15 contributions were submitted, and the winning suggestion, an aeroplane, has been transformed into an actual model by the industrial designer Fredrik Palmblad, who previously did the Hall of Planes installation at Göteborg Landvetter.
“We are continuously working to enhance the passenger experience at the airport, from major investments like a new international hall to small measures that improve the atmosphere. The new traffic barriers in the shape of an aeroplane have been specially produced both by and for Göteborg Landvetter, and we hope that our passengers will think they are a nice and a bit more personal feature at the airport,” says Charlotte Ljunggren, airport director at Göteborg Landvetter Airport.
“There was a complexity in designing the form, since the plane had to be playful but not a toy. The challenge was to retain the seriousness of a traffic barrier while making sure the form would be seen as light and natural. Concrete is often associated with heavy, awkward and fixed objects. We decided to focus instead on the plane’s soft, gentle lines. The idea was to depict the abstract form of an aeroplane rather than make a copy,” says industrial designer Fredrik Palmblad.
Kungsbacka Inredningssnickeri produced the wooden mould while Bohus Betong cast the 30 traffic barriers now being installed at Göteborg Landvetter.