Pearson New Terminal 1 Trial

January 24, 2004

Mike, Jay, Bianca and I participated in a trial of the nearly-finished first phase of Pearson International Airport's new Terminal 1. The trial was designed to test a simulated day of operation, involving check in, pre-board security screening, way finding, gate and boarding operations, and baggage claim. It also gave me a chance to take some photos.


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The dominant colours: white, grey, and blue sky


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Looking across the check-in hall


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Some systems were more simulated than others


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Snow-covered glass at the base of the arched ceiling


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Glass, white steel, and pink granite


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Me, Jay, and Mike, having just picked up luggage
("Did you pack this bag yourself?" "Um, no.")


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Walls of glass


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Our first check-in line, according to our script


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Bianca. Lazy, lazy jazz hands


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A!


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More glass. Crane and parking garage in the background.


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Simulated Executive Class. Very nice screens everywhere.


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Check-ins as far as the eye can see...
Also, the orange used for information desks and kiosks really stands out


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Carts.


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More literal glass ceilings.
There's a lot of natural light throughout the terminal.


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The back of the hall check-in hall.
Light from the ceiling can shine down to the floors below...
    
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...but baggage is moved across the light-well
in these transparently-sided bridges.


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One of the art installations.
Neutral buoyancy plastic cubes float in a tank of water..


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Most are transparent, but some are coloured and opaque.


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Jets of bubbles help out.


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A junction of piers is host to another art installation


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Again, from below.


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Departures screens.


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A waiting area.
All the retail/restaurant venues are still drywalled up.


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Bianca, Jay, and Mike wait for our first "flight."


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Ceiling art down one of the piers.


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A wall that seems to be able to swing
in order to re-allocate a gate as international or domestic.


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The end of script number 1
There was no plane.


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A new typeface was designed for the terminal.
The "connections" icon is quite good.


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A hallway above the huge luggage retreival hall.


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Carousels as far as the eye can see.
I think it went up to 9.


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Massive luggage carousels with good signage.
Natural light comes down to this level from above right.


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Looking up at the check-in luggage conveyors, see from above earlier.


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Escalators down to this level.
Pink granite forms the rear wall.


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Ceiling art in the public arrivals area.


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Lunch package stacking is not yet a lost art.

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