Vilhelm Lauritzen Terminal, which was the result of the 1st prize in a 1936 competition, is a coherent composition of space-creating structures and stretched surfaces. It is clearly inspired by Le Corbusier and the fascination of early Modernism paired with Ancient Greek space. When the terminal was built, there was no fully developed concept of what an airport building should be.
With the entrance and land traffic along one side of a longitudinal building, and the exit and ‘airside’ along the other, it served as a model for many modern airport buildings.
The entrance and exit to the runways are located in one-third of the terminal at one end, lending a sense of gravity to the busiest end of the concourse. The cantilevered concrete canopy over the entrance provides a positive welcome for passengers. Passengers are directed logically through check-in and out under the gate’s lean-to with a view of the runways and the waiting aircraft.