Project Name: El Lissitzky Business lounge
Practice: M+R Interior Architecture
Firm Location: Eindhoven
Completion year: 2020
Gross Built up Area: 730 sqm
Project Location: Moscow
Photo Credits: Herman De WinterMore Specs
Excerpt: El Lissitzky Business lounge is a hospitality space designed by the firm M+R Interior Architecture. The space is about the atmosphere, comfort, experience and well-being of an international audience with little to do with each other. Still, it has the same goal: a journey or a performance. A home away from home. The design is made with sustainable products, timeless and iconic.
(“Text as submitted by the Architects”)
An airport lounge is, in fact, a large hotel lobby. It’s all about hospitality. It’s about the atmosphere, comfort, experience and well-being of an international audience with little to do with each other. Still, it has the same goal: a journey or a performance. A home away from home. The design is made with sustainable products, timeless and iconic.
El Lissitzky inspired us for the lounge at the Airport. The geometric shapes in his paintings are reflected in the design of the interior. The imposing ceiling is a representation of direction and movement, inspired by the graphic art of El Lissitzky. The action becomes infinite by applying a large mirror wall at the end of the lounge. “Alles ist Bien was good начинается et hat no finita” (All is well that begins well and has no end).
The lounge layout with the zoning and partition provides an open space with enough privacy for each visitor. The façade gives a beautiful view of the airport platform; in this lounge, the places for relaxation—the bar in the middle and the dining area at the back. The end wall of the lounge is a mirror, so it reflects the lounge and the ceiling like an endless picture.
The construction columns are now part of the total design approach. The ceiling elements are the same in dimensions and are repeated several times. Why they are open, it is optimal for installing a climate installation. And the special led lighting of the lounge could be easily mounted between the ceiling facias, so these fixtures are not visible. For the realization, a unique metal construction principle was produced, so it was easy to position the ceiling elements at the correct height. The materials are natural and sustainable, wood, glass and natural stone. The carpeting is cradle to cradle.
The design of the new terminal is based on Russian constructivism. We have selected well-known architects and artists for the lounges. The graphic designs of El Lissitzky were the basis for the design language in the lounge. The ceiling design is a direct derivative of this.
We wanted to create an oasis of tranquillity within the hectic everyday life at the International Airport of Moscow. Despite the demand for more than 160 seats, the lounge must be inviting and offer space for every individual. By creating zones and integrating the architectural columns, we were able to create a space that meets the requirements and offers sufficient space. The requirements for personal safety and fire protection are high in airports. The challenge was to realize the entire program, including the 160 seats, on a limited surface.