United Kingdom

SHH Architects

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Public buildings, Meeting room, Airport, Interior, Corridor, Waiting room


Project information

Architects and designers SHH have completed a luxurious £3m, 2-storey VIP passenger lounge at Biggin Hill airport, for client Rizon Jet, a Middle East- and UK-based private aviation group. Located within a major new-build 130,000 sq m hangar and VIP terminal facility at the airport, the lounge – comprised of a 478 sq m ground floor space with an additional 186 sq m purpose-built mezzanine floor – was launched at the same time as a similar facility in Doha, State of Qatar.

‘The lighting scheme for the project, created by SHH together with Delta Light, is all about control’, explained SHH Project Architect and Associate Guy Matheson. ‘We have combined cold cathode lighting in the ceiling rafts with downlighting, along with individual floor and table lamps, so that there is complete inbuilt flexibility and the possibility of very gentle and intimate lighting in the later hours.’ The project features different Delta Light luminaires like Supernova, Cumulus and Grid in Trimless.

The brief from the client to SHH was to create ‘a six star hotel reception’ with a comfortable lounge feel. ‘It was all about creating a space that people want to spend time in’, commented Guy Matheson. ‘This was achieved through a simple and calm colour palette; luxurious finishes; a high proportion of bespoke furniture and a strong emphasis on comfort. The main space is a dramatic double height volume, which is split into interesting, zoned lounges with different treatments and with a variety of privacy levels, so that customers can immediately find the right space for their need state, whilst retaining glimpsed views of everything else going on in the facility.’

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