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COWI team to design expansion of Copenhagen Airport

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Copenhagen Airports A/S has revealed the first construction projects aiming to increase passenger capacity. COWI and architect firms Vilhelm Lauritzen and ZESO have won the planning and design of the Pier E project covering 22,000 m².


Copenhagen Airports A/S is among the most popular in the world measured in terms of passenger satisfaction, and over the next 20-25 years, the number of passengers is expected to increase even further from 26 million to 40 million. To handle the increasing traffic and keep satisfaction high, Copenhagen Airports A/S will be investing DKK 20 billion during the next 10-20 years in major expansion plans.

Flexibility a core element

COWI is main consultant on the design of the extensive Finger E construction covering a total of 22,000 m² distributed in a three-storey building and a support building.

Drawing on international experience with big airport projects in e.g. Oman, Norway and Uganda, the focus will be on the future-proofing of the project and the need for flexibility, explains Project Director at COWI’s department for Roads and Airports, Ejner Christensen.

"An airport construction project of this magnitude should be able to stand for at least 50 years. This is why we have created large scope in the structures so that considerable modification is not required each time new needs impose new demands on the interior design and functions. More passengers want to fly directly to long distance destinations. This requires larger aircraft and so capacity for a higher passenger flow through the building, which is reflected in all technical installations and the interior design of lounges, passenger control, etc.,” says Ejner Christensen.  

New interpretation of the Scandinavian expression

Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and ZESO Architects are responsible for the architectural design and will draw on their combined expertise and experience with projects for Copenhagen Airport. A collaboration that for Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects goes back to the original airport terminal from 1939.

"We combine a continuation of Copenhagen Airport's identity with new initiatives anchoring the architecture in contemporary and future terms. We want to create the special Copenhagen atmosphere by using lots of day light, warm, natural materials and an overall simplicity and rationality," says Simon Svensson, the project architect from Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects.

Project owner at Zeso Architects, Kelly Andrew Nelson, adds: 

"The liveability, for which Copenhagen as a city has recently become world famous, should also be part of your experience as a passenger in the airport. This means an efficient, but informal and comfortable atmosphere at all times."

The new Pier E is planned to open for passengers from 1 April 2019.

LAST UPDATED: 05.12.2017