Frankfurt Airport has opened a new “Quiet Room”, which offers travellers a dedicated space to escape the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal.
Located post-security in Terminal 1, the Quiet Room is open to all passengers and is free to use. The white room features an undulating golden ceiling illuminated by lamps that reflect the light onto the floor and walls. Passengers can sit in silence on the oak bench to enjoy a moment of rest and contemplation during their journey.
Harry Gatterer, a trend researcher and futurologist who leads the Zukunftsinstitut (Future Institute) in Frankfurt and Vienna, explained that quiet havens are important in today’s fast-paced world.
“In the 21st century, we are constantly bombarded by masses of information and bathed in the glow of screens with hardly a break,” he said. “The so-called information society is now reacting to this overkill with a countertrend: mindfulness.
“It’s therefore safe to say that in the future, people will actively seek moments in which to reflect and reconnect with themselves. This type of everyday spirituality is poised to become an essential survival technique. The principle of ‘strength in serenity’ has never before been so relevant.”