The inspiration of this lounge began from the design of Terminal 2. We found that the color palette and materials used are tactile, light, verdant and sustainable. Keeping that in mind and the users of these lounges, a similar look and feel continues into the Reserved Lounges.
Since the lounges are in the interior of the terminal, there isn’t any natural light. The attempt is to create the feeling of outdoors in an indoor space. The main challenge we faced was to create a verdant space in an artificial environment. This is done using a predominantly green color palette set against a lighter backdrop.
Location: BIAL T2, Bangalore, India
Completed: January 2023
Area: Arrival Lounge- 3000 ft., Departure Lounge- 2500 sft.
Design Team: Ashok Solanki, Milind Panchal, Shreya Chheda, Shahid Shaikh, Isha Mehta
The lounge flooring is a white marble with striking book matched grey streaks. Bamboo flooring is used to define private zones in the lounge. Customized loose rugs are placed to break up the continuous flooring.
We played with different wall finishes and paneling from a concrete texture paint to different wallpapers, veneer paneling, MDF patterned paneling, to a brick pattern that is an extension of the terminal. All the metal elements are solid brass. The Departure Lounge has a metal screen partition; this was carefully designed to conceal floating columns in the center of the space. While both lounges use the same design elements, the loose cushions are exclusive to each.
Lighting plays an important role in the space; with the use of custom designed decorative lights as well as downlights a certain mood is created.
All elements including the signage are designed by us and customized by the contractor. The artwork used are original works or prints by eminent Bangalore based artists.
A concrete finish forms the backdrop of the reception with foliage hung behind a sculptural table to create an interesting entrance space. Adjacent to the entrance, a tree feature wall forms a partition to create privacy yet allows one to see through into the lounge from the entrance.
The curved sofa seats are the main feature of the space creating comfort and privacy in an otherwise open floor plan. With the curved sofas various seating arrangements have been used for variety and maximum efficiency. All the furniture is custom designed and fabric colors of green and rust red are used.
The Private Lounge being an isolated space in the larger lounge, we proposed the use of a more subtle color palette; a combination of grey, beige and lighter tones. While the foreground might be neutral the backdrop or one wall can be the highlighter of the space. The threshold of the space is a specially designed fluted glass partition with a custom metal framework.
The bathrooms can have a unique design with their own set of materials and color palette. We used a green ceramic tile as a highlighter with neutral wallpaper backdrop. The bathrooms are fully equipped with a shower; one of the two is designed to be accessible.
Materials, products and manufacturers:
Wallpaper : D’Decor, Marshalls, Life n Colors
Marble Flooring : Trident Marble
Bamboo Flooring : SquareFoot
Furniture : Locally customized by contractor
Metalwork : Locally customized by contractor
Ceramic Green Tiles : FCML Surfaces
Synthetic Marble KalingaStone : Classic Marble Co.
Quartz KalingaStone : Classic Marble Co.
Fabrics & Rugs : Arc One
Sanitary Ware : Kohler
Decorative Lights : The Kaleido Store
Architectural Lights : Endo
Artwork : Aishwaryan K, Jasu Rawal, A. Ramachandran Prints, Haku Shah Print, Siddharth Kaneria Prints
Nabibakhsh Mansoori Prints, Sumedh Kumar Kishan Prints