10 Spectacular Airport Lounges Around The Globe Impress With Their Unique Designs

Airport lounges are not typically the ideal space you had in mind if you were to have a few hours to kill before you board the plane but, as always, there are plenty of exceptions. These are not cold and soulless spaces with no distinctive characteristics. They’re designed to be more than just comfortable and acceptable and you’ll get to see why.

1. New American Express Lounge at the LaGuardia Airport, U. S.

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A lounge that’s stylish and comfortable, with a chic, modern and tasteful design. A communal table lets you interact with other travelers or, if you prefer privacy, you can relax in a more intimate setting. There’s Wi-Fi and electrical outlets at every seat and, while you’re there, you have to try one of their specialty cocktails.{found on businessinsider}.

2. New Cathay Pacific Airport Lounge, Hong Kong.

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The airport’s new lounge was designed by Foster + Partners using the highest quality materials and a new seating system. There’s the reception area, an IT zone, the Deli, the Health Bar and the Relaxing Zone, all part of a linear arrangement along a red carpet. The Solus Chairs have an hourglass-inspired shape with a circular base and offer private spaces for individual travelers.

3. Schipol airport lounge, Amsterdam.

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Lounge 3 of this airport includes three shops designed by Dutch studio Tjep. One of them is a flower shop known as “house of tulips” and it’s encased in green glass, with a design reminiscent of greenhouses and with a tapered roof derived from flower baskets. Another interesting feature is a restaurant featuring a large bread display and a feature wall built of ash wood to match the color of the bread.

4. VIP Lounge at Munich Airport, Germany.

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A luxurious lounge with a simple but sophisticated design by Erich Gassmann and Tina Abmann. The design they came up with unifies both past and future, progress and tradition, the terms that can also describe the city. Native woods, Bavarian materials such as leather, oak planks and felt and a color palette featuring calming shades, the perfect combination of elements that make up this peaceful and tranquil zone.

5. Vienna Airport lounge, Austria.

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The new Air Lounge at the Vienna International Airport incorporates five different zones, each designed to fulfill the travelers’ needs: a welcome desk, a food and drink area, a business area, a working zone and a relaxing space. They are separate spaces but they form a whole thanks to the white curtains that offer privacy without completely obscuring the views.

6. Center Bar at Zurich Airport, Switzerland.

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The Center Bar is an airport lounge designed by Swiss company Detail Design. They used custom tables, bar chairs and armchairs by Girsberger to offer this zone a bistro-like look and feel. The goal was to create a comfortable and inviting ambiance and to transform the lounge into a friendly bar where one might go for a drink or for coffee while waiting for their plane.

7. Virgin Upper Class Lounge at JFK, New York.

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The JFK airport has a new and very stylish lounge, the work of Slade Architecture. They wanted the space to be luxurious and comfortable with an Uptown Manhattan feel. Passengers can visit the cloud-shaped bar for a cocktail, relax in one of the more private areas, interact with others or admire the expansive views over the jetways.

8. Air France Busines Lounge, Paris.

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At the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris you have the chance to spend some time in the Air France Business Lounge which was conceived as a harmonious pathway by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and Brandimage. Their design was inspired by a park and includes tree-shaped features as well as a series of colors, materials and shapes that reinterpret the organic world.

9. Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge, Islanbul.

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Spread over 3000 square meters and with a daily capacity of 2000 people, the new CIP lounge at the Ataturk Airport was designed by Autoban and has a contemporary and architectural look. The inspiration for the spheres came from traditional architecture, more exactly the arcade system. A series of sections including the resting rooms, restaurant, tea garden, library and movie theater are conceived as separate spaces.

10. Rizon Jet Lounge at Biggin Hill Airport, England.

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The luxurious two-storey VIP lounge was completed by SHH and offers a full range of services. Rizon Jet is a Middle East- and UK-based private aviation group so they wanted the design to have a European feel but to also retain Arabic references. The designers used a simple and calm color palette, luxurious finishes and bespoke furniture with great emphasis on comfort.

Cool Terminal Designs.

Airport terminals are not usually known for their stylish and luxurious designs and focus more on function. These ones, however, have found the perfect balance between the two.

Heydar Aliyev International Airport Terminal, Azerbaijan.

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A unique design by Autoban that puts a stop to the impersonal feel that airport terminals usually give out. The custom-made wooden pods or cocoons are designed to offer privacy and to also impress with their shape. The lighting also takes unexpected forms here. The team used a series of tactile natural materials such as wood, stone and textiles to create a warm and inviting ambiance.

Pulkovo International Airport terminal, St Petersburg.

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The first terminal at the airport was a collaboration between Grimshaw, Ramboll and architect Pascall+Watson. It has a large flat roof designed to cope with heavy snowfall and the underside features a series of folded surfaces meant to help distribute the weight and also to offer more space and height in key areas. The terminal is divided in two parts, one that contains the check-in and security and another that accommodates the departure lounge.

The new airport terminal in Mumbai.

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Designed by American firm SOM, the terminal features a coffered canopy with concrete cells meant to reference traditional Indian architecture but also the arrangement of feathers in a peacock’s tail. The design adopts the local styles and motifs and naturally connects to its surroundings, while also serving as a symbol for India and Mumbai.