Dublin Airport – Pier D – Environmental Graphics

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As part of Dublin Airport’s ongoing expansion, SOM created a master plan for the airport and constructed a new 14-stand pier that accommodates up to 10 million passengers each year. The new pier is linked to an existing terminal by an elevated walkway.

SOM also designed environmental graphics for the new building. Mural-sized portraits of Ireland's noted writers celebrate the country's rich literary history and provide a visual diversion for waiting passengers. Each portrait is composed of layers of the writer's most well-known works. The design team worked directly with programmers to create custom software that scales individual characters based on the light and dark areas of the source image. The design is fully integrated with the interior concept by responding to the elongated circulation space. As a result, the graphics seem to change when viewed from different scales.