A duty free section at Sydney International Airport was inspired by the sandstone rock formations of the world famous Sydney Harbour.
LAVA’s design for the ‘regional products area’ was an abstract representation of Sydney Harbour with headlands, inlets, coves and beaches. Featuring living Australian bush, the cave-like shelves created an experiential showcase for regional Sydney products.
The retail layout captured the topography of the harbour inlets as seen from the air. Just as the harbour foreshore is different in every spot, so too the curved display stands were each unique, in shape, height and size. Ten stands varied from small low inlets to steep escarpments, from deeply eroded caves to shallow beaches. On top of each display tufts of living Australian plants cascaded over, referencing the green flora on top of the cliffs of the harbour.
The 250 linear metres of shelves were made of recyclable and ecofriendly plywood, with edges exposed. The rich and varied hues of the variegated layers of sandstone were reflected in the colours of plywood. Strips of green laminate on top of the display units unified the space.
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The project won a Silver Award in the 2016 Sydney Design Awards.