- Virgin Australia
- Melbourne Airport, Victoria
- 2010 - 2011
- Tim Greer, Tamara Frangelli, Alison Osborne, Jim Booth, Sujata Bajracharya
The new 1400m2 Virgin Australia Lounge has been conceived as the next step in domestic air travel, a pleasurable experience rivalling the glamour days of air travel. The Lounge provides all of the requirements of the modern traveller: a working hub, internet hook-up, relaxing library, dining and drinking places, short stay for a quick bite, and a ‘verandah’ to watch the world fly by.
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 Lounge, allowing guests to glide from one space to another, avoiding the clumsiness and confusion of travel. The Lounge has been conceived as a set of loosely interconnected spaces – short stay, verandah, hearth, library, bar etc – all visually held together by the ‘net’ ceiling, which establishes the organic geometry for the entire space. The recesses between the interconnecting ceiling panels conceal the myriad of required services.
Behind the bar, three new media installations by Daniel Crooks subtly revolve and evolve in mesmerising fashion.
The Melbourne Lounge is a prototype for a series of Virgin Australia lounges to be built around Australia.