Rublev Business Lounge

Interior Design Award Winner.
Awarded Silver for Good Interior Space and Exhibition Design.

Rublev Business Lounge
by Hans Maréchal

  • Awarded April 15, 2019
  • CLIENT: Sheremetyevo VIP
  • 1.931

The design of the lounge is inspired upon Russian constructivism, the Tatlin Tower, and Russian culture. The union shaped towers are used as eye-catchers in the lounge, this to create different spaces in the lounge area as a certain kind of zoning. Because of the round shaped domes the lounge is a comfortable area with different zones for a total capacity of 460 seats. The area is fore seen with different kind of seating, for dining; working; comfort and relaxing. The round light domes positioned in the wavy formed ceiling has dynamic lighting that changes during daytime.

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Hans Maréchal

Designer of Rublev Business Lounge

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Interview with Hans Maréchal on Rublev Business Lounge

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
Russian history, constructivism + Russian nature elements are the main inspiration for the design of the Rublev Lounge. Constructivism had a great effect on modern art movements of the 20th century. We are inspired by the Tatlin Tower model of his Monument to the Third International, the idea of an open steel construction.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
A large amount of seats was asked for, for us it's important to create environments for people that are inviting; stress reducing, with a certain kind of zoning for different purposes. Working, eating; rest etc.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
The business lounge is open and has a central role in the business model of Sheremetyevo VIP. The lounge is a succes, many travelers use the business lounge. With this lounge we made a step into designing two lounges in the next extension of the terminal.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
The preliminary design 6 weeks, for the final design, designing all the materials; detailing; construction etc. 14 weeks.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
The design is part of a commissioning, a design selection among several international designing agencies.
Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
The production of the lounge is done by a subcontractor of our client, the technical execution is managed by our client.
What made you design this particular type of work?
We are involved with in hospitality projects such as theaters; hotels; sports stadium and airports. Airports are for us interesting assignments because this has much to do with people and there behaviour.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
The design is, due the surface of > 2.600 m2 one of the largest lounges in the world, with the longest food line in the world (Guiness book of world records). Although the massivness we created an warm and inviting environment.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
Andrei Rublev is considered to be one of the greatest medieval Russian painters of Orthodox icons and frescos. Because of the towers of traditional Russian Orthodox churches we choose Rublev as overall name for the lounge.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
The integration of Russian history; art and nature in one overall theme for the lounge: unique union domes; northern light and wall covering with wooden slates.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
To create an environment that is warm; open en inviting and still has the quality of having enough individual spaces for the vistors; an innovative space.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
Because of the enthousiasm of our client; the international recognition of our work as an interior architecture agency within airport environments - we would like to share the design with the world.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
We learned a lot of the Russian history, architecture and art. Also for us was it important to get to know the Russian Culture.
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
For us it' is important that our design contributes to a better world, sustainable and iconic, so the can stand the test of time.

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