TYIN tegnestue Architects recently designed a regional area in the Heinemann store at Norway’s Trondheim Airport. The project was designed for Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co. KG, one of the world’s largest corporations in duty free retail, with stores in most international European airports.
With this project we attempt to display our core values and our way of design, our love for simplicity in details and material choice, at the very heart of the commercial world.
The architects developed the design with two main objectives in mind. First objective was to showcase the uniqueness of the city, and its cultural heritage. The second objective was to create an authentic design that stands out from the artificial and sterile environment of the airport.
The concept for the store came from the architecture and cultural tradition of the city of Trondheim. The city is known for the unique wooden buildings that represent the backbones of Norwegian building tradition, a several centuries old timber log construction method that is still used today. Trondheim is also known for its steel industry related to shipping and seafare, another integral part of Norwegian cultural heritage.
We began the process by searching for an old, traditional log house typical for the Trondheim-area. The log house we ended up with dates back to the 1880s. It was in a bad state and destined for demolition. After saving it from certain destruction, we carefully dissected and moved it to an indoor building hall. The rotting logs were removed, and the shape of the remaining structure dictated the design.
The architects used local craftsmen in a local setting to carry the construction of the project. TRD Heinemann was carried by miniature pier houses, a common trait of Trondheim’s traditional building mass. The miniatures are silhouette replicas of actual buildings.
The steel shelves were inset deep into the timber logs, and supplied with LED lighting to showcase products. The remaining logs were cut into pieces and use to create a natural wooden back-wall.
Design: TYIN tegnestue Architects
Photography: Pasi Aalto
Location: Værnes Airport Trondheim, Norway
Client: Gebr. Heinemann
Project: Duty Free Shop, Regionals Area
Cost: 1.600.000 NOK / 193.000 EUR
Building period: November 2013 – March 2014
Area: 62 m²
Built by: Hanmo (welding), Tømrer Stangvik (carpentry), Tømrer Geir Wettland (carpentry), Interiørmontør Kostic (carpentry), Trondheim Elektro (electricity)
Products by: Norsk Spon (back-wall timber), Livos Naturmaling (furniture oil), Nordby Gulv (flooring), Sifa (laser cutting)
Helping students: Hilde Nessa, Alice Lødemel Sandberg, Kristin Solhaug Næss, Sissel Westvig, Simen Andreas Aas, Håvard Eide, Kornelie Solenes, Henriette Bakke Nielsen, Bendik Støckert, Jonas Velken Kverneland
*All images and information courtesy of TYIN tegnestue Architects.