BDTX Kinetic Façade | Ned Kahn

14 July, 2010

PROJECT Brisbane Domestic Terminal Car Park Façade
CLIENT Brisbane Airport Corporation
LOCATION Brisbane, QLD, Australia
ARTWORK Turbulent Line
ARCHITECT Hassell Sydney
CURATORIAL UAP, Natasha Davies
DESIGN UAP Studio, Daniel Clifford
YEAR Completion 2011

Urban Art Projects (UAP) is collaborating with established American artist Ned Kahn, Hassell Architecture (Sydney) and the Brisbane Airport Corporation to create an eight-storey, 5000sqm kinetic façade for the car park of Brisbane’s Domestic Terminal.

Viewed from the exterior, one side of the car park will appear to ripple fluidly as the wind activates 250,000 suspended aluminium panels.
As it responds to the ever-changing patterns of the wind, the façade will create a direct interface between the built and natural environments. It is further embellished with rippling lines from the surface of the Brisbane River: a site-specific reference to the city’s most iconic natural feature.

Inside the car park, intricate patterns of light and shadow will be projected onto the walls and floor as sunlight passes through the kinetic façade. The design also provides practical environmental benefits such as shade and natural ventilation for the interior.

This large-scale work will create a mesmerising impression for passengers emerging from the terminal, arriving by car, or on the elevated Airtrain platform. It is expected to become a memorable icon for the city of Brisbane.

See also WAN | The ripple effect

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