Things are taking off down under as Brisbane Airport gets new artistic facade
Leading international art-based design studio Urban Art Projects (UAP) today announced their collaboration with artist Ned Kahn, Hassell (Sydney) and the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) to convert Brisbane’s new Domestic Terminal short-term multi-level car park in to an eight-storey kinetic public art project. After being engaged by BAC for the project Urban Art Projects (UAP) commissioned established American artist Ned Kahn who is known for his innovative works throughout North America and Europe.
Kahn, whose works incorporate the use of natural elements such as wind and light, will collaborate with UAP and BAC’s design team to create a 5000 sq m kinetic façade for the new Domestic Terminal short-term car park.
Viewed from the exterior, Kahn’s concept for one side of the car park will appear to ripple and move due to the wind passing behind 250,000 aluminium panels. 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. In addition to revealing the ever-changing patterns of the wind, the artwork has many environmental benefits by being designed to also provide ventilation and shade for the interior of the car park.
Urban Art Projects’ Chief Executive Officer, Ben Tait, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Ned Kahn and BAC to develop a kinetic façade for Brisbane. Ned’s iconic work is truly mesmerising and at this scale the result will be one that visitors pause to experience and Brisbane residents can be proud of.”
The new Domestic Terminal short-term multi-level car park is one part of a significant upgrade of the Brisbane Domestic Terminal and will also provide 5,300 undercover car spaces across nine levels, state-of-the-art way-finding technology, and innovative safety and security measures. The new car park and Ned Kahn public art façade will be completed and on display in late 2011.