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Airports bet on interior design

20 of January '22

Interior design of airports in Split and Zagreb using Knauf Ceiling Solutions products.

Airports are associated by many with tedious waiting for travel. But airport interiors do not have to be boring at all. The design and solutions used can surprise with diversity. This is exactly how two airports in Croatia - in Split and Zagreb - were designed. The architects did their best to ensure that the space surrounding the passengers was not boring. At the same time, care was taken to provide people-friendly acoustics.

Themain hall of Split Airport shows how a designer interior can be created in a large, open space using a variety of finishing materials. Although the function of the hall is quite monotonous, the introduction of decorative elements throughout the ceiling space makes the environment not boring at all. Architect Ivan Vulić of the VV - Projekt studio responsible for the interior design of the airport focused on playing with form and shape. The central part of the hall is filled with a delicate, openwork structure made of wood. The color scheme and material refer to the beige wall coverings around the room. The interlaced wooden beams are designed to mask the technical installations running under the ceiling. They add lightness to the interior.

Hala odpraw na
lotnisku w Splicie.

The check-in hall at Split Airport.

© Knauf Ceiling Solutions

The spaces of the wooden trusses are filled with acoustic ceiling tiles of various sizes in the shape of squares. At the central point they are the smallest, on the outer perimeter the suspended white ceilings are larger in size. In addition, acoustic ceiling tiles appeared along the white band surrounding the openwork structure. The architect used Knauf Ceiling Solution vertical metal Baffles there. Their surface is covered with a special perforation which significantly helps shape passenger-friendly acoustics in the hall.

Similar vertical ceilings fill the space above passengers' heads in the check-in hall. Their acoustic properties are particularly important here, given the heavy traffic and noise that prevails in this part of the airport.
The convention of juggling the size of the quadrangular ceiling panels can also be seen in the terminal's waiting area. Metal panels cover the plumbing and technical cabling running just below the ceiling. And the regular sides of the panels harmonize with the muntins of the building's large, panoramic wall glazing and the lighting points placed on the ceiling.

Hala odpraw na
lotnisku w Splicie.

The check-in hall at Split Airport.

© Knauf Ceiling Solutions

Architect Ivan Vulić decided to use metal panels in yet another space of Split Airport - in the shopping area. Vertical metal panels made of Armstrong MESH mesh were installed above the store shelves, running across the entire interior . They are interspersed with a line of delicate, elongated lamps. As a whole, the users' attention is drawn not only to the store's merchandise, but also to the design overhead.

The ceiling at the General Aviation Terminal office at Zagreb Airport is no less impressive. Here the variety is not only the shape and colors, but also the texture of the tiles. Some of the ceiling islands have a smooth mineral tile surface, while others are made of openwork metal mesh. With their gray colors they relate to other elements of the interior: walls, carpets, furniture. Their geometric shapes also complement the world map installed on the wall. The shape of the continents was made precisely in the convention of geometric planes with sharp angles and edges.

Biuro General Aviation
Terminal przy porcie lotniczym Zagrzeb. Sklep bezcłowy na lotnisku
w Splicie.

General Aviation Terminal office at Zagreb Airport, Duty Free Shop at Split Airport.

© Knauf Ceiling Solutions

About Knauf Ceiling Solutions:

KNAUF CEILING SOLUTIONS Sp. z o.o. is a leader in the design and manufacture of modern suspended ceilings, wall cladding and suspension systems. The portfolio includes a range of material-diverse ceiling and wall systems for leisure facilities and hotels, offices, education, healthcare, retail and transportation, offering functional, sustainable and modern solutions to enhance user comfort, and transforming design requirements into concrete solutions.

In October 2019, Knauf AMF and Armstrong Ceiling Solutions joined forces to create a new organization with tremendous potential and geographic reach called Knauf Ceiling Solutions.

Biuro General Aviation
Terminal przy porcie lotniczym Zagrzeb.

General Aviation Terminal office at Zagreb Airport.

© Knauf Ceiling Solutions

The company is a pioneer in taking measures to protect the environment and implement sustainable development principles. Knauf Ceiling Solutions products have Cradle to Cradle certification, a confirmation of the production and use of materials in accordance with the most advanced global idea of sustainable manufacturing - the full cycle of products' functioning "from cradle to cradle." Armstrong brand products are used in buildings certified under systems including Well Building Standard, LEED, BREEAM, DGNB.

For more information, visit the company 'sKNAUF CEILING SOLUTIONS Sp. z o.o. page on theAiB portal.
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