Brisbane Airport Jet Blast Wall
Built, October 2018
The design of Brisbane Airport’s Jet Blast Wall fundamentally supports users’ experience of the airport as an urban place.
Brisbane Airport needed more than the standard chain-link security fence around the perimeter of the new northern tarmac at the International Terminal. Airbus A380 aircraft would be arriving and departing from the gates creating wind speeds of up to 120 km/h behind them. These jet blasts would be directed toward the road and rail line to the west of the apron. The design for an integrated and attractive jet blast and security wall was achieved within a highly constrained context and set of design criteria.
When studying the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Report, the warped patterns generated by the jet blast inspired the project team’s design using perforated metal panels on the wall. The coordination of the pattern on the airside and landside panels, varying porosity while meeting the CFD requirement, creates a double layer of perforated panels and a shimmering dynamic moiré effect for passing cars, trains and aircraft.