Virgin Atlantic Airways - Eight Inc.

Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Changing conversations.

Introduction

Budget airlines, soulless airports, could-be-anywhere waiting areas.

Over the years, the romance has slowly been drained out of travel. Virgin, however, were determined not to let this happen, starting with their Clubhouse at San Francisco airport. We worked with them to create a destination that embodied both the classic and unconventional qualities of the San Francisco area and the youthful, exuberant spirit of the airline itself. The result was a unique oasis for Virgin Atlantic customers, which challenged the accepted convention of sterile, impersonal airport lounges and brought the glamour back to travel.

Virgin Atlantic Airways Clubhouse

The Clubhouse provides a sophisticated refuge for Virgin customers before or in-between international flights.

Organized into several zones, it offers everything a weary traveller could want, including a full-service bar, lounges with armchairs for work or relaxation, tables for dining, a business center, a complete kitchen, toilets and showers. The long southern wall is occupied by a window that overlooks the runways, and is shaded by a series of sliding glass panels that create a daily animation of colored light across a luminous glass bar and reception.

Different ceiling heights expand the space vertically, rich mahogany wall panels in the dining area provide a warm contrast to the glass, and sculptural seating elements featuring modern furniture add to the contemporary but comfortable environment.