Turbulent Line

Submitted by UAP

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Client: Brisbane Airport Corporation

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Completion date: 2014

Project Team

Industry Resource

UAP Brisbane

UAP (Urban Art Projects)

Artist

Ned Kahn

Overview

UAP (uapcompany.com) was engaged to curate, commission and deliver an integrated artwork opportunity for the Brisbane Domestic Terminal Carpark. San Francisco based artist Ned Kahn was appointed through a competitive selection process to create an eight storey, 5000 square metre kinetic façade.

Goals

Viewed externally, the car park’s eastern side appears to ripple fluidly as the wind activates approximately 117 000 suspended aluminium panels. In response to the ever-changing wind patterns, the façade creates a direct interface between the built and natural environments. It is further embellished with one rippling line inspired by a reflection in the water’s surface created by the wake of a Brisbane City cat.
Inside the car park, patterns of light and shadow project onto the walls and floor as sunlight passes through the façade. The design also provides practical environmental benefits such as shade and natural ventilation. This large-scale work creates a mesmerising impression for passengers emerging from the terminal, arriving by car, or on the elevated Airtrain platform.