Wellington International Airport by Warren and Mahoney was designed as a southern extension to the main terminal building to accommodate the increased passenger numbers in and out of Wellington City. Wellington Airport's terminal has received one of the biggest facelift in almost 20 years.
Some of the main design features of the building include the large scale custom laminated structural timber frames, fitted in a cross hatched style pattern and the vibrant custom designed carpet tile artworks featured throughout the building’s interior. Ontera-Milliken won the full supply rights for Wellington Airport which has been ongoing for the past three years. In conjunction with Cato, a brand and design firm in Wellington developed a main carpet tile design which connects the overall buildings floor layout, which works seamlessly together with the carpet artwork features designed by well-known Wellington artists.
The unique carpet tile artworks show different perspectives and interpretations of Wellington through the eyes of renowned local artists, Sam Broad, Timon Maxey, Rachael Gannaway and Catherine Griffiths.
Ontera-Milliken had the challenge of executing each artwork into a carpet tile design layout and also transitioning the size of the carpet tile from 457mm to 500mm. Each artwork was split into multiple individual carpet tile designs in a grid format, similar to a jigsaw puzzle. Each individual section of the design was then technically prepared by our design team based in Sydney. To date approximately 14,000m2 of carpet has been laid within the airport. The pieces were then carefully combined to make up each larger artwork piece on installation. Wellington Airport refurbishment will continue for another year with a yearly refurbishment programme implemented for up keep.
Mapei Won Global Award in Public Buildings and Urban Design | Airport 2017/2018 in conjunction with Ontera-Milliken