UAP + Ned Kahn to create kinetic artwork for Brisbane Airport

Courtesy of Urban Art Projects

International art-based design studio Urban Art Projects (UAP) has announced their collaboration with artist Ned Kahn and the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) to convert ’s new Domestic Terminal short-term multi-level car park in to an eight-storey kinetic public art project.

Kahn, who has developed an international following for his artworks that 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. More information, images, and a video showing the effect that will be created after the break.

Courtesy of Urban Art Projects

Viewed from the exterior, Kahn’s proven 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.

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

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Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "UAP + Ned Kahn to create kinetic artwork for Brisbane Airport" 18 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Jeremiah

    They did the same thing at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN (although without that projecting roof plane, it isn’t nearly as nice)… Simple way to improve the heck out of a typically ugly building type.

    Can’t find much for a decent picture, but here is one:

  • R Goldschmidt

    I really like the combination between art and architecture. I rally like this “skin”. Great sensation!

  • SR

    i’m preaty shure that this is the best looking bulding in the world…i wat to see it all day long.

  • wL

    like it!!! I really like when art and architecture use the other element of nature (no more concrete please). I think it’s going to be a great object for tourist attraction.

  • up_today_arch

    Nice building! Most surprised house skin I saw last time!!!

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  • xmmot

    great to see the art work of Ned Kahn on such a big surface.
    >>>> BAM oida (thats how we call that in Austria)