16 April 2015

MUJI Furnishes A Colorful Running Track-Inspired Airport Terminal In Japan

[Click here to view the video in this article]

Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI, known for its minimalist and functional clothing and household items, has made its first foray into interior design with the opening of Narita Airport’s new Terminal 3 on 8 April.

It provided furnishings which included around 400 sofabenches in pleasing shades of moss green, blue, mocha and white. MUJI also outfitted a cafeteria with oak wood tables and chairs, lending a tranquil air to the surroundings.

A collaboration with Tokyo-based architecture firm Nikken Sekkei and Japanese creative lab Party, the highlight of the new low-cost carrier terminal is a striking track and field-inspired walkway.

Party came up with the concept, which features real running tracks that are conducive for walking, along with user-friendly directional signs to help passengers navigate the space.

Due to budget constraints—the final budget was half the initial amount proposed—the collaborative team opted to create a unique walking experience instead.

With its bright white, blue and red color scheme, we think the running track is a modern and refreshing change from the ubiquitous moving walkways and illuminated signs found in other airport terminals.

Watch an introductory video below and view some pictures after.

Video is in Japanese, turn on Closed Captions for English subtitles

[via urdesignmag and Hypebeast, video via PARTY, images by KENTA HASEGAWA]