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'World-longest' parametric wall connects six lounges in Istanbul Airport

'World-longest' parametric wall connects six lounges in Istanbul Airport

Parametric design, Airport design, Softroom
Photography is Büşra Yeltekin

London-based architecture firm Softroom has designed six lounges in Istanbul Airport that are connected by an almost mile-long parametric wall that is said to be world's longest of its kind. 

Created for Turkish Airlines, the ribbon-like wall is called Flow Wall and runs across 19,000m2 of lounge space, visible upon entrance to the airport, topped with a golden metal Turkish Airlines logo.

The undulating wall guides travellers from the check-in counters to the lounge entrances and finally to the central retail space including shops and other such amenities.

The wall's form is also used to highlight and draw attention to specific features in the lounges, such as in the cinema where in tapers downwards to direct sight lines to the screen.

Consisting of a plywood framework, the wall has been covered with bleached strips of oakwood featuring seven carved grooves that are inlaid with over three miles worth of LED lights. 

The six new lounges are open to two international departure lounges for business class flyers and another for Turkish Airlines' loyalty programme members, as well as lounges for frequent flyers, and general arrivals, in addition to two domestic lounges. 

Photograph by Ikoor / Ahmet Oktay

The business class lounge features sleep suites furnished in sandy tones with warm wood writing desks. It also includes a gallery-style space with display cases to showcase Turkish artworks and historical objects.

The lounge also features a children's play area, prayer rooms, and work pods. 

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