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Hamburg Airport
Terminal 4, Drop-off areas and access roads

Project Hamburg Airport Location Hamburg Client Hamburg Airport
Architect gmp + Brauer Completion 1993 Status Completed

The concept essentially involves responding to the major differences in outside conditions such as day and night with different artificial lighting conditions inside. This varying correspondence results from our different expectations of light:
During the day we expect white, vivid light with medium to high intensities, at night a yellow-coloured, "warm" light with lower intensities.

The up to 24-metre-high departure lounge was to be given a natural and pleasant atmosphere, the "breathing" of the daylight between sunny and bad weather spells was to be clearly discernible.
For the departure lounge, colour-neutral glazing with clear antisun glass for the roof and side lights was selected. The result: artificial lighting can be dispensed with during the day.
In the evening and at night, the departure lounge appears in a totally different light. Whilst during the day the roof-lights appear bright and radiant compared to the darker ceiling sections between them, this image is reversed in artificial light. The unglazed sections of the ceiling reflect the light shining up at them.
This lighting concept for the departure lounge was transferred to all other areas of the terminal. All zones with a direct visual link to the outside were given lighting systems that can react to the respective lighting conditions.


- Bernadette Grimmenstein

- Bernadette Grimmenstein

- Klaus Frahm

- Bernadette Grimmenstein

- Klaus Frahm