Virgin Australia Lounge Sydney
An airport can be perceived as a place of movement – movement of planes, luggage and people. This is the underlying architectural theme for the Virgin Australia interiors, allowing guests to glide from one space to another, avoiding the clumsiness and confusion of travel.
The Sydney Virgin Lounge is conceived as a set of loosely interconnected spaces and forms all visually held together by the ‘net’ ceiling, which establishes an organic geometry for the entire space. The recesses between the interconnecting ceiling panels conceal a myriad of required services. The ceiling transitions from the formal repeating ‘leaf’ panels, to a seemingly organic pattern at the extremities. It’s this visual tension between geometric and the organic, that generates the architectural expression. All forms, glass screens, walls and tables emerge from the ‘net’.
The Lounge is supported by a commercial kitchen, operating 17 hours a day, serving 4,000 people per day. The spaces provide all requirements of the modern traveller: working hubs, internet hook-ups, relaxing libraries, dining and drinking places, short stays for a quick bite, and ‘verandahs’ to watch the world fly by.
The ‘net’ ceiling has been developed as a Virgin Australia branding icon, with the organic geometry used as a symbol in advertising and marketing material, as well as in uniform and plane livery. The ceiling is deliberately visible from the tarmac, especially at night.
The design of the Virgin Australia Lounge is an innovation in domestic air travel, providing a pleasurable and contemporary experience, just as air travel used to be the glamorous, modern way to travel.
Tim Greer, Tamara Frangelli, Alison Osborne, Sujata Bajracharya, Camilla Persson
2014 Interior Architecture Commendation, AIA NSW Awards.