Michael McDonough | Architect

Frankfurt Airport Multimedia Passenger Tunnel

Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany 1996

Multimedia Passenger Tunnel
View at Multimedia Passenger Tunnel with Changing Light Patterns and Ambient Sound
Copyright © 1996 by Michael McDonough and Frogdesign, Inc. (Photo: Michael McDonough)

A programmable multimedia environment 925’ (282 m) long with variable sound, light, imagery, and fragrance. The tunnel allows quick underground connection between domestic and overseas flights, giving visitors a respite from the hectic pace of international air travel. A constantly changing computer-controlled system plays sounds from nature (whales, wind) and displays natural color spectrums (dawn, sunset). Environmental fragrancing and large-scale display monitors are integrated. The tunnel is equal parts musical instrument, theater, sensual interlude, and son et lumière / Licht Festival.

Section View

cut away diagram
Cut-away shows:
  • Large display monitors (M)
  • Ventilation ducting (V)
  • Lighting modules (L)
  • Environmental fragrancing modules (F)
Copyright © 1996 by Michael McDonough and Frogdesign, Inc.

Photos (click to enlarge)

Multimedia Passenger Tunnel
View at Multimedia Passenger Tunnel with Saturated Blue Light Environment
Photo: Photo: Bernhard Kõlsch