BAY SYSTEM, a flexible new seating system designed by Foster + Partners and developed with our Custom Interiors business unit has been launched at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo in Amsterdam.
It is a modular kit-of-parts that can be easily reconfigured to suit different spatial layouts and waiting spaces and is particularly suited to cater to the varying needs of travellers throughout airports, trains stations and other associated transport infrastructure. It offers a flexible and enduring seating solution that can adapt to the changing nature of travel over time.
The primary structure presents twin central beams creating a simple support for a single or two rows of seats. The space between the two beams conceals space for cabling and provides space to integrate future technologies. Power sockets, induction charging for phones, personal screens and lighting fixtures can all be integrated in a plug-and-play manner, allowing for infinite flexibility.
The system comprises of two main ranges – BAY Gate and BAY Lounge – that have been designed to offer different levels of ergonomic support and privacy.
BAY Gate provides efficient, high-density seating for areas with short wait times, such as the boarding gates. It is made entirely of hard-wearing, recyclable materials such as nylon, with an ergonomically moulded plastic seat and slim armrest.
BAY Lounge’s curved seating is based on in-depth studies to understand how people like to sit when they are unaccompanied or in small and large groups. Taking a tailored approach, the system offers a range of layouts with varying levels of comfort, enclosure and privacy. It features a wider cushioned seat and premium finishes for longer periods of rest and relaxation. Due to the versatility of its configuration, BAY Lounge is suitable not only for airports, but also for other public spaces such as campuses, offices, health clinics, hotel halls, malls, museums and meeting rooms, transforming the way people experience waiting moments.
The entire system is fully demountable, allowing components to be separated, reconfigured and replaced, extending the relevance and lifespan of the range. Its compact storage setup enables a high level of efficiency during logistics operations, saving space and reducing transportation consumption. The end-of-life easy dismantling facilitates recyclability of each material.
Its unlimited choice of layouts, broad palette of modular elements and materials, and ease of installation will make BAY SYSTEM a compelling choice for designers, specifiers and transport terminal operators around the world.
Waiting has a new meaning starting today.