Interactive digital touchscreens merge flight info with public art
GTAA PASSENGER INFORMATION ZONES – PHASE TWO| Pearson International Airport, Toronto
size 270 sf
completion April 2017
photos Steve Tsai Photography
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Eventscape fixture fabrication
A flower-shaped digital installation in the main terminal of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport fuses flight information, light design, and an organic steel structure to form an information zone for travelers. Inspired by the lake and beautiful parks around the city, the zone creates a memorable place within the busy airport.
Providing flight info, location maps, and directions, the fixtures incorporate interactive digital touchscreens and offer many ways to access information. Kiosks, pylons, and overarching flower petals are all angled for comfortable viewing.
The second stage of the project brought similar passenger information zones into other areas within the airport—both in front of and behind the customs gates. With design based on the original large flower structure, desk, and kiosks, Phase Two added nine standalone kiosks in two sizes, three pylons, and three smaller information desks. The installation includes Terminal One’s “Art Strata” and Terminal Three’s “Garden” and “Pod,” all in prominent, high-traffic areas. Information desks continue the style of the 22-ft.-long complex curved main desk, but smaller. The pylons and the kiosks are nearly identical to those in the main information area but adapted in size to fit the various installations and ceiling heights in the terminals. In the Terminal One Art Strata installation, two terminals are designed for standing height and one is lower for ADA compliance.
In the high-traffic, 24-hour environment of one of North America’s busiest airports, durable materials and finishes are essential. Steel subframes support curved solid surface that is not only durable, but also non-porous and antibacterial. To create the complicated geometric shape of the wood endcaps, which is both curved and faceted, the digital fabrication team used CNC-cut high-density tooling foam as the base and carefully applied wood veneer laminate. After staining, a catalyzed lacquer sealer was applied to give an extremely hardwearing finish. Kick plates and bumper rails are strong stainless steel. A vacuum-formed solid surface back panel with ventilation holes houses the monitor, while security fasteners allow access for maintenance.