Passengers at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) can now find hanging gardens and other green oases in the departure lounges and waiting areas of both terminals. Especially the enormous greened walls in the departures hall of Terminal 2 are real eye-catchers: measuring about 135 square meters and covered with live plants, they also provide oxygen from photosynthesis, improve acoustics, and reduce carbon dioxide concentrations and dust in the air.
The art of integrating plants in walls is known as “vertical greening” or “vertical gardens” and is based on hydroculture techniques. The plants grow in special mats without soil and are automatically irrigated with the aid of a drainage system. Frankfurt Airport now sports various types of ferns, climbing plants, and spider plants. Flamingo flowers add dashes of red to the green sea. The hanging gardens are located in Concourses D and E.
Green islands create feel-good ambiance
FRA passengers can also retreat to new light-colored, modern seating areas, each featuring approximately 110 comfortable seats. The newly designed seating areas are surrounded by artificial plants and trees that visually shield the triangular islands from the hustle and bustle of the terminals, thus creating oases of tranquility to relax or read a book. The furniture provides the ultimate in sitting comfort and includes armrests, small round tables, power outlets, and USB ports. Special lighting adds to the special feel-good atmosphere right in the middle of the publicly accessible parts of the terminals.
As expressed by the airport operator’s slogan, “Gute Reise! We make it happen”, Fraport is constantly engaged in meeting passengers’ needs by developing and introducing new services and facilities to enhance the customer experience and raise satisfaction levels at Germany’s largest airport.