FLIP SEATING, an airport seating concept developed by Populous aviation and interiors team has been recognized as the First Prize Winner of Passenger Terminal World. As part of the competition, Dubai Airport Company intends to install prototypes of the first FLIP seating units in the newly completed Concourse D at Dubai International Airport.
“Dubai Airport is looking for a seating concept that sows a true understanding of the passenger’s needs and responds intuitively and with empathy to these needs. Populous’ winning design checked all the boxes. The winning design concept has taken real life problems that passengers face and given a simple and intuitive response,” said Bryan Thompson, senior vice-president of development for Dubai Airports.
FLIP is a seating solution designed around a single module that can be rotated, flipped and re-combined with other modules to create a range of seating configurations. The module is framed with a composite metal frame that provides the exoskeleton to support a high-performance seating mesh that is both sturdy and flexible.
The mesh utilises phase change material technologies that adapts to one’s body temperature – heating or cooling the user – providing comfort for every traveler habit. The composite framing also functions as a conduit for the electrical components of the storage and charging unit.
There are two basic seating systems manufactured; their operational characteristics are distinguished by the position of their hinges. The two seating systems can be reorganized in multiple configurations, providing a range of resting, working and play options for all travelers and needs.