Narita Airport Welcomes 2020 Olympics by Replacing Moving Walkways with Indoor Track

For many of us, the year 2020 is probably considered the distant future, but the Narita International Airport has already welcomed it. The 2020 Olympics is set to be held in Tokyo, and Terminal 3 in the airport has been made over to celebrate. Its space is a nod to the Games and now resembles an indoor running track.

Japanese creative agency PARTY worked on the redesign for Terminal 3, and they replaced moving walkways and lighted signs with an eye-catching color-coded track. It's a clever idea to help travelers with wayfinding through the airport. Blue lanes guide people towards the departing areas while the red lanes lead to arrivals. In addition, there are printed symbols and arrows that direct travelers to the baggage claim, transportation, and other locations.

Muji, a popular Japanese retailer, provided the furniture design for the terminal. Like the track, couches and chairs are minimalist as they fit with the overall color scheme.

PARTY website
via [Co.Design and designboom]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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