Heathrow Terminal 5 - First Direct Access
Studio Fractal has been a valued, skilful and effective collaborator on the T5 BA Premium Passenger Facility project.”
The much anticipated First Class Wing at Heathrow‘s Terminal 5, is now open for business: enabling esteemed clientele to proceed from landside to the First Class Lounges in under five minutes.
StudioFractal were invited to join the design team, to create an atmospheric and luxury security portal, suitable for a first class experience.
Alongside Architect’s Pascall & Watson and contractor Mace, StudioFractal worked meticulously to develop designs within the challenging project deadlines. The scope included all lighting components along with development of a feature wall.
StudioFractal took initial client aspirations and explored materials, texture, pattern, movement, tone and integrated lighting solutions to give the space levels of quality and elegance more akin to a luxury hotel lobby. The definitive solution for the feature wall includes sections of slanting perforated metal with back and front lighting. Rhythms of timber sit between each panel illuminated from the edges with warm white light, emphasising the rich tones of the wood. A specification of warm lighting was implemented in pursuance of enhancing the rich and luxuriant materials palette.
Low-level illumination achieves a more intimate ambience, in direct contrast to the high level treatments utilised throughout the rest of the terminal. This was perfected by clever integration of the lighting into furniture and by mounting it onto elements within the space. StudioFractal developed a curved LED luminaire head with Kemps Architectural Lighting lighting to provide ambient lighting, mounted to the feature wall and to custom made poles on the perimeter of the security zone. All fixtures and feature wall components required stringent safety ASIAD compliance and were specified through frame work suppliers. StudioFractal worked tirelessly to ensure the challenges of designing within an aviation environment did not encroach on the sophistication of the final area.