Oslo, Norway

The Laboratorization of Lost (objects) & Found (domesticities)


We believe that Oslo Airport should not develop its identity from the nostalgic recreation of images associated with the geographic point where it stands (dead identity) but, above all, in response to the passengers who simultaneously inhabit the airport at a given time (living identity). The user of the airport is extremely heterogeneous and changing, what means that each airport in the world is unique and unrepeatable: the exact cultural connections that they offer are not offered by any other. Paradoxically, the complex nature of the user is voided by the logics of the airport, which are exclusively determined by non-negotiable quantitative information. The airport acts as an absolutist device that is unable to recognize its own subjective and intercultural condition. Moreover, the airport blocks the manifestation of any casual everyday event, and therefore any approach to domesticity. As a rigid architectural device, the airport denies any idea of belonging.

Our proposal is to be understood from three main theses: (1) the identity of the airport lies in the passengers who simultaneously inhabit it at a given time; (2) everyday objects are architectural devices capable of dynamizing the space and questioning the architecture they inhabit; (3) the sense of belonging is built on the experience of domesticity. The objective of the project is to enhance the living identity of Oslo Airport through the passengers that inhabit it. Thus, we take the Lost & Found objects of the airport as our main working material. We are interested in these objects because they contain cultural information about their owners, who one day were part of the airport.

We propose to place the most dynamizing objects of the Lost & Found Office of the airport in its boarding areas and make them available to the passengers waiting. After their activation, the objects will be replaced according to a participation strategy that allows criticism and renewal. On the other hand, the customization of the objects is celebrated in special events held at the airport and in which various cultural organizations and local artists participate. Responding to a long-term strategy, the initial laboratorization of the airport (phase 1) is understood as a previous experimental step towards drafting a protocol and regularizing the situation proposed (phase 2).

Year: 2015
Co-authors: PLAY Studio (Iván Capdevila + Vicente Iborra), José Antonio Gras



Living identity of the airport:


Lost & Found office:


We take the Lost objects of Oslo Airport as our main working material:

The Laboratory of Lost Objects and Found Domesticities

Intervention strategy:

The Laboratory of Lost Objects and Found Domesticities

Exhibition at the Oslo Architecture Triennale:

The Laboratory of Lost Objects and Found Domesticities

Work protocol: