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A New Flying Experience

The project begins with the fundamentals of helicopter flight; vertical lift and the bird’s eye view of the world, the windows, compact spaces and high technology.

The vertical lift and birds eye view leads to a layered vision of the landscape; windows allow a connection with the outside world both in physical and metaphysical terms, leading to a reflection of the landscape and our relationship to it; technology and confined spaces will be interpreted with lightweight materials, tailor made, where the elements will not be integrated and hidden, but clearly visible.

These are our main factors for research that will be used to evoke a series of different values; sensory and perceptive, a selective optical device, the use of composite materials, where there is contamination and coexistence between each element and a return to the rituals and traditions to rediscover the beauty in small actions in order to create a closer relationship with the object.

To communicate these various interpretations we have used layers as the leitmotif of the project.

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When studying helicopter interiors, one first notices the windows, then the walls, following on to the furnishings and finally onto the details. And the more you go into detail, the greater the sophistication and refinement, thus giving a progressive feeling of quality. The walls are white, while the fabrics are in three colors: beige, powder pink and sharp yellow. The details are a professional metal rather than the warm fabric tones.

Great attention to comfort ensures that the confined space does not become cramped, and instead gives a sense of intimacy. A fundamental part of the research and planning was the positioning of each seat and it’s surroundings based on both proxemics and ergonomics.

Every command, function and service must be able to be reached while sitting on the seat with the seat belt fastened, for this reason the density of elements increases around the armchairs.

The chairs feature a large seat, the soft upholstery and large head restraints: we wanted to give the same sense of comfort of a domestic armchair. Between the chairs towards the front of the cabin there are tracks for a folding table, that opens up to become a circular meeting table.

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On the floor is a circular rug reinterpreting the helicopter’s first flight over Cascina Costa where AgustaWestland is based, in memory of it’s first flying experience. Four curved LG televisions are hung from a central structure in line with each armchair. The structure is inspired the stock market screens that show price updates realtime, a central position which enables interaction between viewers.

The services that lead to interaction and hospitality are integrated into the rear wall, behind the primary seats. The extended air-catering includes a champagne cooler, automated DeLonghi coffee machine with altimeter settings, hard disc, printer, and lightweight 32” curved oled LG tv.

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A curtain system modulates the light to create different “scenarios”. There are four possibilities: clear, semi-filtered, low-lighting sconce effect, and blackout. With regards the artificial lighting an LED layer has been placed between the various composite layers in the wall, enabling up-lighting and down-lighting scenarios. Finally each armchair has a spotlight which references domestic reading lights to enable an independent lighting for each passenger.

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In order to transport VVIP luggage in absolute safety, an airbag system has been invented that expands once the hold has been closed in order to protect any size of object from vibration and movement around the hold. An automatic fold-out ladder has been developed to improve aerodynamics and is reminiscent of the staircase at home, this welcomes the passenger from the first approach with the sircraft.

 

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