The multi-coloured pier houses of Trondheim, Norway, show up in its airport – as miniature metal feet for the shelves that support rows of local fare in the Heinemann store. In this duty free shop, the regional section designed by TYIN tegnestue Architects – founded in 2008 by Yashar Hanstad and Andreas Grøntvedt Gjertsen – plays up the vernacular of this unique place in a warm, inviting way.
The shelves themselves serve up local references, the wood used to construct them derived from a traditional log house in the area. The architects took the building apart, and reassembled wall sections as display units. With the help of local craftsmen and students, they created a retail space defined by raw wood, complemented by rustic steel storage cases backlit by LEDs.
The result is a 62-square-metre duty free shop that feels like a destination of its own, rather than the glossy white interiors typical of such airport interiors. It celebrates the uniqueness of the city – which many centuries ago served as Norway’s capital – its log houses and the steel industry that has served its shipping and sea trades.