On the Run at Narita International Airport

At Tokyo's Narita International Airport, “running for my flight” has taken on a whole new meaning.

The airport’s newest terminal—built in advance of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo—is devoted exclusively to low-cost carriers, and its construction budget was about half of what is typical for a facility of its size.

To cut costs, Tokyo-based creative lab PARTY (collaborating with consultants Nikken) skipped the traditional moving walkways and illuminated signage and instead covered the route from check-in to gate with running tracks. The color-coded circuit integrates friendly wayfinding messaging (augmented by painted wall graphics and simple overhead signage) and also provides a comfortable walk for travelers. Retailer Muji provided colorful terminal furnishings. Overall, the result is a simple chic that redefines the notion of “low cost.” 


Client: Narita International Airport Corporation

Location: Tokyo

Project Area: 66,000m2

Open Date: April 2015

Design: PARTY Ltd. with Nikken Sekkei 

Furnishings: Muji

Photos: Kenta Hasegawa

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