2001 arlanda twr
Flight control tower
1st prize, European Award for Excellence in Concrete 2002.
The dual functions of the building are expressed in a bifurcated tower.
It handles two kinds of traffic control: one for take-offs and landings, the other for directing traffic on the ground. There is also a division here into technical and human activity. The duality is expressed in a dichotomy of colour and form, with the two lookout points perched like reconnoitring birds atop the coupled shaft. The stripes allude to the navigation marks of earlier times, with a superimposed layer of further meaning in the quotations added by the Finnish artist Silja Rantanen from Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s “Southern Mail”. The central position of the tower at Stockholm’s principal airport has made it a landmark for the whole area. The graphic clarity of the campanile with touches of Swedish 1950s design seeks to impart stability to the wide-open, far-flung international airport.