Brisbane Airport’s new dining hub is fast becoming a popular destination to chill out.

In just one year since it opened, Brisbane Airport’s BNE Service centre has become a hive of activity, offering international visitors and local workers a great place to sit back and relax.

John Tormey, Brisbane Airport’s General Manager of Commercial Businesses says with 21,000 workers and 22.8 million annual passengers passing through the terminals, the centre has become an integral part of the growing airport community.

“The Service Centre has a vision to not just be a place to fill up, but also as a destination itself – a local place maker for Brisbane,” he says.

“The centre is proving to be a popular place for airport workers to take a break from the office, and for locals to sit back and relax while waiting for airport pick-ups.

“Customer numbers are continuing to grow.”

The centre features a huge food court with a range of fast food and café options, as well as a mini supermarket and a petrol station.

But, according to John it’s not just the dining options that make the centre successful, it’s the design.

“We saw the building as an opportunity to showcase a distinctly Queensland look that made a strong first impression for visitors,” he says.

The BNE Service Centre was designed by national architecture practice Thomson Adsett and is visually striking inside and out.

Costa Vorkas, Group Director Commercial for Thomson Adsett, says the building design and orientation focused on creating a dynamic presence that catches the eye of passing traffic.

“The raised ‘eyebrow’ of the overarching canopy greets drivers and gestures an inviting welcome,” he says.

The arty design doesn’t stop there, once you step inside the building your eyes are drawn straight to the ceiling design.

Costa said the centre’s unique ceiling design is the largest of its kind in the country and was inspired by the undulating shape of Queensland’s iconic Fraser Island.

“Seventy-one triangular panels ranging from 1.2m to 7.7m in length piece together an intricate puzzle of light and shade,” he says.

“The pieces are each unique in shape and size which made installation quite laborious.”

As well as looking spectacular, the ceiling design does have a practical purpose as well.

The suspended panels artfully conceal the air-conditioning ducting and services above.

Whilst walking around the centre you’ll also notice a mixture of wooden panelling and quartz gold porcelain tiles throughout, highlighting the natural beauty of the Queensland environment.

The centre really does have a relaxed atmosphere, a warm and inviting environment – it’s no wonder why people are coming here to relax and escape from it all.

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