Part of a new terminal extension at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Aukio (Finnish for “square” or “plaza”) is a relaxing, fluid space where global travelers can gently immerse themselves in the unique sounds and sights of Finland’s vast landscape. Aukio is surrounded by a gently undulating, two-meter high Samsung 4K video screen — wrapping for 75 meters around the perimeter walls — that vividly displays Finland’s outdoor scenery cycling through the four seasons. Complementing the visual panorama is a subtle yet engaging multi-channel soundtrack, reproduced with precise definition by 27 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.
In contrast to the noise and bustle of most airport concourse lounges, Aukio provides an island of aural and visual serenity.
The goal of the project was to “create a showcase through which millions of international passengers will receive their first contact with Finland. The experience of Finnish design, fluency and peaceful nature will leave the traveler with a long-lasting, pleasant memory.”
– Joni Sundelin, director of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport