The number of passengers traveling to and from Copenhagen Airport has almost doubled in the past 20 years – from just over 16 million in 1998 to more than 30 million in 2018. This has lead the airport to initiate an 80,000-m2 expansion of Terminal 3, which in the future is expected to serve up to 40 million travelers. With a budget of €530 million, it must cement the airport’s position as one of the best in the world. Architecturally, the expansion will unite the existing qualities in simple grips ensuring that the new expansion is equally spectacular and simple.
The wavy ceiling of the new terminal expansion lets diffuse light into the vast space with a strong reference to clouds in the sky. Open, green light shafts with hanging plants serve as crevices in the transparent ceiling ensuring a simultaneous flow of direct sunlight and diffuse daylight. In the evening, the ceiling appears as a unified surface reflecting a starry sky. The three light shafts run through all floors and illuminate the new baggage claim area.
The heart of the terminal is an open, bright space with a large garden that provides passengers with a quick overview and a beautiful view towards the runways from the 270-meter long window section.
From the square runs a main flow with shops, and along the facade there is a square hall with restaurants, dining booths and shops. The three green light shafts become landmarks and meeting places and offer a look at the other floors.
A hanging column-free deck divides the room into two levels and continues the architecture of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3, making the extension a natural and integrated part of the airport.