Size: 7,700 s.f.
KPMB was selected by Star Alliance to create a contemporary prototypical airport lounge, to be launched in Zurich, Switzerland. KPMB’s design represents Star Alliance by making a unique conceptual statement in a highly competitive international arena.
The design concept balances the need for fluidity and convenience with the need for comfortable spaces in which to unwind, regenerate and work. The concept refers to the precedent of the modern pavilion and the time-honoured vision of gardens in urban settings.
The metaphor of the garden is universal to all Star Alliance customers, and infuses the lounge with great possibilities for creating relaxing spaces of calm, refreshment and pleasure. Within this overall concept is a range of micro-environments that accommodate the varying needs of busy travelers.
Framing the entrance is a garden wall of maple planking and slats. Incorporating a range of functions including a food service bar and a television viewing area, the garden wall has a unifying tactile presence that serves to create a calm interior ambiance.
The pavilion is a raised platform integrated with the garden, and framed with open, transparent and translucent wood and woven stainless steel screens. Around the pavilion is a promenade that forms a continuous zone of movement, services and seating.
The overall design reflects the quality of contemporary architecture and design in Switzerland in its use of natural materials and its finely-crafted execution.
Zurich Airport, Switzerland
Bruce Kuwabara (partner-in-charge), Luigi LaRocca (senior associate), Bruno Weber, Paulo Rocha, Valerie Gow, Kevin Bridgman, Karen Petrachenko, Carolyn Lee
Liz Etzold Architektin (local architect, Zurich),Halter Generalunternehmung AG (construction manager), Bakoplan Elektro Ingenieure (electrical), Biasca Engineering (mechanical)
- 2002 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada, Project Winner