Mesh Screens Underline Exclusivity of Qatar Airport

Hamad International Airport places emphasis on extraordinary design, maximum efficiency when handling passengers and freight, and a luxurious atmosphere and sustainability.

Challenge: 

The Hamad International Airport (HIA) in the capital city Doha, Qatar, is open for passengers after a decade of pioneering design, engineering and construction work. Once all work has been completed, up to 50 million passengers and 2.5 million metric tons of freight will be processed every year. The strategically important location between East and West makes it an important international hub.

In order to convey the country’s culture, which is equally oriented towards the future and tradition, the airport places emphasis on an extraordinary design, a luxurious atmosphere and sustainability. The sophisticated concept of San Francisco’s HOK is underlined in the main hall of the duty-free area and in Hall C of the main terminal by four large-scale screens.

Influence: 

As part of the National Vision 2030, Hamad International Airport is an important factor driving the development of the state’s new self-image.

Solution: 

Four large-scale GKD Mediamesh screens—made of stainless steel fabric with integrated LED profiles—were used. Manufactured from Tigris stainless steel fabric with integrated LED profiles, they impress with their intricate transparency, high-quality appearance and invisible cabling.

Each made up of six seamlessly joined fabric panels; the transparent displays flank the main hall, high over the heads the airport visitors. With six bright LEDs per pixel, the screens guarantee brilliant image quality across their entire length of 73.5 ft. and height of 38.7 ft., even when the hall is flooded by daylight.

However, the outstanding design and excellent function were not the sole focus for the planners from HOK: environmental friendliness was also a key factor when selecting all materials and solutions employed in order to keep the ecological footprint of the overall system as small as possible. With significantly lower power consumption than conventional displays, the Mediamesh screens make a significant contribution to this.  Alongside energy efficiency, the low-maintenance system is also sustainable with regard to the material used, as the stainless steel fabric is fully recyclable at the end of its service life.

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