Broadway Malyan-designed airport scheme completes in Portugal / by Chris White


The final phase of a five-year ‘airside’ repositioning of Lisbon International Airport has officially been completed and opened to passengers, with the retail planning and interior design led by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan. The multi-phase project, for client ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, the Portuguese National Airports Authority, features an extension to the existing terminal building, as well as a significant upgrade of the retail offer and public concourses, with the phased approach enabling the Airport to continue to operate.

The project has resulted in over 22,000sqm of retail and passenger space being remodelled. This includes the redesign of the terminal foodcourt and public areas and also the design of the retail and public spaces of the new expanded airport areas, the north pier and the central waiting lounge and associated shop units.

The project, led by the practice’s Lisbon-based team, will ensure that the airport meets the changing needs of airport traffic, while also creating a more open and welcoming environment for passengers.

The new retail opportunities have attracted a number of international high-end fashion retailers including Burberry, Mont Blanc and Ralph Lauren. French retailer FNAC is also set to open a new store.

Stuart Rough, Chairman of Broadway Malyan and who led the design project, said: “Airports are more than gateways which passengers pass through and they should project the excitement of travel, while offering comfort and a wide-range of high-quality retail experiences and waiting facilities.

“Our design meets these aspirations, delivers retail and interior spaces which will transform travellers’ experiences, creating a gateway to Portugal’s capital city. It is a testament to our world-class team of retail and interior design experts working in close partnership with our long-standing client to realise its vision.”

Broadway Malyan’s project enhances the quality of the existing and new spaces. It creates different places and different ambiences along the route taken by passengers, while employing a coherent architectural language for the intervention as a whole.

The redesigned interiors reveal the conceptual purpose of adding a ‘sense of place’, by creating a particular atmosphere for this specific airport. This is apparent from the use of traditional Portuguese architectural elements, shapes and colours, reinterpreted to an unexpected and contemporary use.