Grimshaw has delivered its second built project at Melbourne Airport, completing the second phase of the T2 International Arrivals Hall Redevelopment, in time for the start of the Trans-Tasman travel bubble.
In line with the overarching ‘Melbourne Airport Design Vision →’ guide Grimshaw developed for the airport, the T2 Arrivals refurbishment elicits a welcoming, inherently ‘Melbourne’ experience – where visitors start their adventures, and Melburnians feel they are ‘home’.
In addition to an almost emblematic feature wall made up of 1.6km of locally-sourced timber panels complete with a 165m strip of LED spelling out ‘Melbourne’, the thoughtful refurbishment sees the interior of the T2 terminal completely transformed.
Boasting an inviting atmosphere and identity, the revamped interior improves the overall journey experience by providing additional capacity for arriving passengers and ‘meeters and greeters’, better wayfinding and increased circulation space.
The upgraded Arrivals Hall also makes it easier for people to connect with onward domestic flights, providing short connection times for passengers who need to walk between terminals.
New glazed facades and entrance portals add much-needed natural daylight deeper into the terminal, while the provision of vertical transport, reconfigured retail units and an upgrade of all furniture – which includes 30 Aeris → benches – complete the overhaul.