Airports: experiencing borders in between spaces
As the population trends continue to demonstrate the growth of the aging generation, it is apparent that this group of people are an increasingly important demographic. The elderly traveller is steadily showing increased interest in air travel. As such, designing travel spaces that support the needs and requirements for the security, comfort, and navigation of the senior population is necessary. The airport environment can be understood as a transitional space that is associated with stress and discomfort because it tends to be unrefined and poorly planned, and is generally regarded by the general public as an area of less importance. This interior design practicum seeks to address this issue through the design of an airport facility that re-evaluates the role of transitional spaces by creating a spatial narrative that connects people and spaces together on a physical and emotional level while addressing concerns of comfort and security that travellers encounter on their travels. The resulting proposed design for the Winnipeg Airport incorporates vibrant colours in a calming space to address wayfinding strategies, reclaimed and local materials that reflect the Manitoban landscape, and repetitive spatial elements that occur on each level both horizontally and vertically to make the space a place.