RIO DE JANEIRO GALEÃO AIRPORT2018-11-06T13:31:54+00:00

Arrivals Duty Free carries exceptional importance at the radically redeveloped RIOgaleão – Tom Jobim International Airport, thus demanding a uniquely creative design response.

Our ambition to create a unique, world class passenger shopping experience, that maximises commercial performance, was blended flair and originality in a design that integrates what we believe to be the industry’s most compelling expression of sense of place.

The solution for the 4500m² Arrivals store was designed to optimise the retail opportunity offered by the country’s consumer US$500 duty free spending allowance. We integrated an innovative luggage parking service on entering the store, enabling shoppers to fully relax and explore the retail experience with a logistical system that reunites them with their luggage at the till point.

However our ambitions went well beyond operational and commercial efficiencies. This was achieved by injecting an authentic, holistic expression of the vibrancy, colour and passion of this amazing city, its rhythms and the geography of its stunning location.

RIO

PROJECT

Duty Free Arrivals store

TOTAL AREA

4500m2

NUMBER OF PASSENGERS

17 million

YEAR OPENED

2016

CLIENT

Dufry

SERVICES

Store Planning, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Lighting Design, and 3D Visualisation

Rio’s beaches and seafront are at the heart of the design, featuring distinctly in the patterns and textures used in the floors and walls, particularly echoing the organic form of the sands and the mosaic patterns seen on the classic Copacabana beach boulevard.

From left to right:
1. Green spaces are inspired by the organic curves of the green mountains surrounding Copacabana
2. An abstract version of the Copacabana beach promenade was introduced to the main walkway
3. Projected lighting details are used to recreate the reflective quality of the sunlight on the ocean
4. The richness of timbers from tropical rainforests are seen in the architectural detailing

The reflective qualities of the ocean light and blue skies are shared through the installation of projections of moving lighting caustics incorporated into the central ceiling feature, drawing attention to key product areas, such as Perfume & Cosmetics.

The reflective qualities of the ocean light and blue skies are shared through the installation of projections of moving lighting caustics incorporated into the central ceiling feature, drawing attention to key product areas, such as Perfume & Cosmetics.

Nature references are found throughout the space, echoing Rio’s dramatic natural topography and landscapes. The beauty of the city’s mountainous backdrop and its greenery are represented through the use of green-toned contouring lines on the walls, reminiscent of the concentric patterns on a topographical map, while ceiling-scapes include references to Brazil’s indigenous timbers.

Nature references are found throughout the space, echoing Rio’s dramatic natural topography and landscapes. The beauty of the city’s mountainous backdrop and its greenery are represented through the use of green-toned contouring lines on the walls, reminiscent of the concentric patterns on a topographical map, while ceiling-scapes include references to Brazil’s indigenous timbers.

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“When you visit this city you have an absolutely overwhelming sense of exactly where you are in the world and we designed the retail spaces to subtly echo that local energy, environment and lifestyle in an airport that now expresses Rio’s sense of place in a vibrantly authentic new way.”

Nick Taylor, Design Director, The Design Solution

“When you visit this city you have an absolutely overwhelming sense of exactly where you are in the world and we designed the retail spaces to subtly echo that local energy, environment and lifestyle in an airport that now expresses Rio’s sense of place in a vibrantly authentic new way.”

Nick Taylor, Design Director, The Design Solution

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