GKD - Golden Wings
The Hilton Frankfurt Airport Hotel is connected to Terminal 1 of Frankfurt Airport via a skywalk. At the same time, the hotel is located in close proximity to the biggest motorway junction in Europe and above the ICE long-distance railway station.
In particular, visitors of the numerous trade fairs, as for example ACHEMA, IAA and the book fair, benefit from this exposed position.
The design concept of Hilton Frankfurt Airport Hotel stems from „JOI-Design” which is an internationally well-known interior design office. The Hilton Vienna Danube Hotel, Le Méridien in Stuttgart and the Sheraton Hotel in Stockholm bear the same signature. The interior designers wanted to create a retreat for the large number of business travellers and focus on mobility at the same time. By using natural shapes and colours, the guest will gain a sense of leaving behind the noisy traffic environment and coming to rest. Building up an emotional relationship to the guest, who is even subconsciously aware of the smallest design elements, as well as room division and design were the main priorities.
When entering the lobby, located in the seven-floor atrium of the hotel, two large, golden roofs in the shape of wings, positioned above the reception, catch the eye of the observer. The wings give the light-flooded room a clear division and a particular appearance. 300 square meters of metal mesh of the type “Mandarin“ by GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG were used for this style element, two free-floating ceilings. The particularly finely woven bronze-fabric enabled designers to underline the noble impression of the interior and to use targeted light effects to enhance its appearance.
The range of woven metal mesh types and their functional merits set no limits on the material’s potential applications in airport architecture. Façades, car parks and staircases as well as ceilings, walls, lounges and column claddings are well established uses. And, thanks to GKD’s creative product innovations, there are already signs of further fields of application in the future.