Lufthansa Cargo begins construction of art warehouse in Frankfurt

With plans to implement a state-of-the-art security system and customer lounge, the ArtCube is set to optimise storage operations

German freight carrier, Lufthansa Cargo has laid the foundation stone for the construction of its new art storage unit at the Frankfurt facility.

The ‘ArtCube’ is set to be 168m2 and plans to offer customers a secure storage solution for valuable works of art.

Initiated by the airline, the new building is being assembled as part of the modernisation scheme at the airfreight site in Frankfurt. It is scheduled to begin operations at the end of this year.

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“The new ArtCube enables us to offer our customers a secure and modern environment that, combined with dedicated handling, meets the high demands of sensitive art objects,” said Harald Gloy, Lufthansa Cargo’s chief operations and human resources officer.

“We are aware of the special responsibility involved in handling works of art, which are not only valuable but usually unique and irretrievable. For this very reason, we have developed a customised solution for the storage of artworks and exhibits in our hub in close exchange with art forwarders and curators, so that our customers know their shipments are in the best hands.”

Plans for the warehouse’s interior include air conditioning units with heating and cooling functions, vertical window bands to enable natural lighting and a separate lounge for the customers. State-of-the-art security technology will restrict access to the storage area.

This project is one of the first steps in the modularly planned ‘LCCevolution’ infrastructure programme at the German base. The innovation of the centre is set to be completed in 2029.

The airline regularly flies valuable art to exhibitions around the world. Therefore, the carrier’s focus for these flights is on security measures, professional handling and seamless monitoring.