At the second edition of the annual New York Times ‘Art for Tomorrow’ conference, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker presented on the importance of art and its influence all throughout the development phases of the carrier’s hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA).
H.E. Mr. Al Baker shared the creative vision and importance of the iconic art pieces purposefully selected and positioned across the various nodes and concourses of the airport.
He remarked: “Introducing an airport as a destination location in and of itself required significant design detail and influence. The vision of the airport was to make the experience like no other; comfortable, desirable and memorable. An important element of this was introducing art and design.”
The New York Times ‘Art For Tomorrow’ conference, included a panel called “The Creative Airport” with Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker and Founder, Senior Executive Partner and Head of Design at Foster + Partners, David Nelson, speaking about the design elements at Hamad International Airport.
His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive Qatar Airways addresses the audience about unique features and aspects at Hamad International Airport during the 2016 New York Times Art for Tomorrow conference.
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums and special guests at “The Creative Airport” panel session during the The New York Times “Art For Tomorrow” conference in Doha, Qatar.
Open for nearly two years, HIA has 41 contact gates in operation, more than 40,000 square metres of retail and food and beverage spaces, an in-terminal 100-room hotel, 25-metre swimming pool, squash courts, fitness and spa facilities, many luxury shopping opportunities as well as Qatar Duty Free brands, and much more.
The presentation at the conference today, at the W Hotel in Doha, centred around the sculptures, paintings and design of the existing phases as well as the upcoming ones. The airport’s main architectural and design firm, Foster + Partners also took the audience through the main scope of the project and how harmony and symmetry was carefully layered uniformly throughout all the passenger offerings.
Art and architectural features have been a hallmark since the opening of the airport, providing passengers with an ambiance of aesthetically pleasing, inspiring, functional spaces for quietude, rest, shopping, dining, and business purposes.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker expanded: “The hub of Qatar Airways is designed with all of our passengers in mind, whether they are travelling short-haul, with a brief connection time, medium or long-haul. Not only is the airport filled with art elements, but we have paid careful attention to make it a highly convenient airport, technologically advanced and with an intuitive design.”
An iconic element of HIA is the highly acclaimed sculpture Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer that is positioned in the centre of the departures terminal, anchoring all of the various concourses and food and beverage outlets. The Lamp Bear sculpture has been in HIA since the opening in April 2014.