Architecture and design firm, Perkins + Will, has recently designed the private lounge for executive aviation firm Jetex at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport.
The lounge, which combines the best of hospitality, commercial and retail entities, has been designed to provide a one of a kind experience to the company’s VIP clientele. This facility caters to private, business and government travellers, and offers 24-hour customs clearance, dedicated executive passenger and crew lounges, aircraft handling and ramp services, as well as personalised concierge services for those seeking VIP transportation or hotel accommodations.
“Our brief was to design an experience for clients with a focus on five-star hospitality and contemporary interior design that includes a touch of retail. It’s essentially a visual feast as guests move through the space very quickly,” says Diane Thorsen Principal Design Director at Perkins + Will.
The Jetex service experience includes Rolls Royce airside transport and a quick efficient walk through the lounge to the waiting aircraft. Iconic Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs in red and Zaha Hadid sofas in the lounge add to the experience.
Further explaining the direction, Thorsen says: “We have all experienced the beauty of landscapes from above during a flight and been enthralled by glimpses of colour we see wondering what they are. The spatial planning and concept story is a view from above with islands of textured luxurious carpets in a sea of white stone punctuated with accents of colour. The ceiling represents the cloud covering with pockets of accent lighting as if rays of light are streaming through gaps in the clouds.”
Even the crew has been provided with sleep pods and a relaxation area to rest up after long flights. Behind the scenes, the terminal design provides for efficiency in the typical ground and baggage handling, fuelling, security, and concierge services including bespoke air transfer arrangements to major flying hubs.
Read an in-depth interview on airport interior design with Tim Martin, director of transport and aviation at Perkins+Will in the May issue of Commercial Interior Design.