Helsinki’s Vantaa airport is taking the saying ‘making yourself at home’ to heart with the interior design for their newest travellers’ lounge. No matter how hard airport designers try to make these international, heavy trafficked areas romantic and luxurious, there is no doubting the dread that most of us feel on a 6 hour lay over or extended visit.
While there can be no denying the luxuriousness of this interiorly designed space, what the designers have cleverly done is steer away from the clinical coolness of traditional airport lounges and thrown a knowing look back towards creature comforts. The aptly named ‘Almost @ home’ lounge features interior aspects that have been chosen to most correctly reflect a Finnish, or any, home.
This includes a lounge/kitchen area, dining room, bar, office and play space in addition to offering functional necessities such as showers and resting areas. The space is decorated as one would imagine any home (however stylish) would be, with bright pops of colour shooting out from artwork on the mostly wood paneled walls and a stylish mix match of cushions and blankets thrown effortlessly over the backs of the lounge chairs.
In terms of creature comforts, the kitchen stocks all types of at-home treats and caters to breakfast, lunch and dinner. The office space features computers, newspapers and books, the playroom holds a large flat screen TV and gaming units and warm wooly socks can complete the holistic home feel when acquired from reception.
The design is a definite move away from traditional airport spaces. These interiors are a prime example of the designer’s ability to listen to their client and empathise with the users of the space. With the globe becoming smaller and smaller as travel becomes easier, the importance of getting designs of this nature right has never been more relevant.