Larnaca International Airport: Creating a stunning design feature with Fire Retardant material
Since taking over the operations and management of Larnaca International Airport, Cyprus in 2006, Hermes Airports have been very busy investing in improvements to enhance the overall passenger experience.Architects, The Design Solution, were tasked with creating a true Cypriot sense of place through the design philosophy whilst establishing a higher quality airport experience for passengers in high traffic areas, particularly the airport’s Decompression Zone. This 200 sqm space consistently sees a high volume of traffic as it is the link between the Security Zone and Duty Free.The material of choice for the direct to DryWall application in the Decompression Zone was SanFoot® Real Wood Veneer for architecturally inspired interiors. SanFoot’s aluminium layer provides strength and structural stability making it suitable for high traffic impactful areas.This, along with being fire retardant as standard to Euroclass B-s1, d0, in accordance with EN13501- 1:2007, ensures critical fire-safety requirements of an airport have been met.The versatility of the material enables the sheets of veneer to be cut with ease to form a soft and rounded path on the walls, subtly guiding passengers to the next area of the airport and creating a natural flow of movement.The theme of Cypriot culture is addressed in the species selection of Satin Walnut Flat Cut (7067) inspired by the carob tree, native to the Mediterranean. The colour contrast of the old (heartwood) and new (sapwood) growth creates an exciting visual and focal point as well a warmth and familiarity through the connection of the carob tree.