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Brisbane Airport’s planned new multi-storey Domestic Terminal car park will quite literally be a work of art, as it will boast a 5,000sqm...

Brisbane Airport’s planned new multi-storey Domestic Terminal car park will quite literally be a work of art, as it will boast a 5,000sqm kinetic façade that appear to ripple and move in the wind.

In true artistic fashion, the design is said to be collaboration between Brisbane Airport Corporation, American based artist Ned Kahn and the Urban Arts Projects (UAP) and will rely on 250,000 aluminium panels to make its ripple affect.



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’ CEO, Ben Tait, believes the public art project is an ideal contribution to the Domestic Terminal’s redevelopment and for Brisbane.

“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.



BAC’s CEO and managing director, Julieanne Alroe, says a number of additional artworks will be placed around the airport precinct, to enhance the culture and surroundings over coming months.

“We have established a relationship with Urban Art Projects through this Domestic Terminal art piece, and we intend to continue this relationship, delivering new artworks across the airport. This art will complement the cultural renaissance shift throughout Brisbane,” enthuses Alroe.

The new car park and Ned Kahn public art façade will be completed and on display in late 2011.

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