Client : Air France + KLM
Location : Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
Program : Airport Lounge
Area : 800 sqm

Status : Completed

For most of us, traveling starts and ends at airports.Unfortunately, the pleasure of travel has mostly been removed from airports.

As there is not much to enjoy at these “waiting-for-security, laptop-out, shoes-and-belt-off, hands-in-the-air-while-being-padded-down, queuing-for-passport-control, look-at-the-camera, finger-print, waiting-for-seat-numbers-to-board-the airplane” places.Within these ever-tightening protocols of getting on an airplane the airport lounge is trying to bring a bit of relaxation: reading an international newspaper in a comfortable chair, having something to eat before boarding an airplane and taking a shower before a flight.From a design point of view, many airport lounges are branded, designed with a look and feel consistent with that of the airline operating the lounge.

For the Air France Suvarnabhumi Airport Lounge, we managed to step away from the branding and instead tried to minimize the visual branding aspect by focussing mainly on the experience of the space.

We suggest that while moving through the lounge the functions of the space will become clear through their tactility. The use of carpeting, lattice walls, lots of plants and a variety of seating we have tried to create a lounge which varies in function but also in atmospheric feel as you walk through it. The wooden lattices give depth to space. From wherever you stand the views are always different.

Areas become more quiet, softer and individual, or tiled, open and more social while moving through space. In this way, we believe that travelers will not just visually enjoy the lounge but psychologically correspond to it as well.

White oak is used for the lattice on the walls and ceiling, for the side tables, for most of the doors and the bench in the changing rooms of the showers. The floor of the dining area, the walls of the showers and backsplash of the food sections are all clad in a 300x600mm anthracite tile.

We custom-design all the furniture for the lounge. Grey fabric is used consistently for all the chairs, stools and benches with subtle red stitching. A few blue chairs are scattered throughout.

Here are a few ONE MINUTE ARCHITECTURE Youtube videos documenting the design process:

Part 1: Schematic Design

Part 2: Design Development

Part 3: Client Presentation Meetings 

Part 4: Design Airport Lounge Chair