Late for the Plane? Tokyo’s Narita Airport Installed Intuitive Running Track Directions

You’ve probably been there before. You’re running late for a flight and the last thing you want to do is stop and read the confusing plethora of signs hanging overhead. That’s a stress inducing situation, but Tokyo’s Narita Airport may have the solution: the recently opened Terminal 3 has intuitive directions on a floor inspired by a running track.

“When the time arrives for 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, we look forward to seeing people from all around the world having fun walking on these blue tracks,” say the designers at PARTY. The smart new floor is so inspiring however, it might actually make you want to run.

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The carpeted floor of the terminal is graphically brilliant, with running track inspired lanes that are blue leading to departures, and red heading for arrivals. In each lane are a series of intuitive icons which often include the distance to other terminals, or directions to amenities and outside transport.

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As Terminal 3 serves low-cost carriers, the design was created in part as a cost saving measure. The designers opted not to include the moving walkways normally found on long stretches of airport hallway. Here, you get your exercise.

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(via Spoon & Tamago)

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