Business Lounge Star Alliance
Airport Charles de Gaulle / Paris
Transforming the lounges of Star Alliance proved a welcome challenge. My intention was to create an environment, which would not only provide an air of tasteful ambience for the guest but give an international feel with a touch of local identity.
Upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport, one has not reached his or her destination. The sign may read: ‘Arrivals’, but one hasn’t actually arrived anywhere. You’re either passing through or you’re about to depart. The people you see are travellers on a continuing journey. An airport is, in fact, a transit area. Among other public spaces. The speed of flight slows down into a more pleasurable and familiar pace.
The passenger departing takes with him a memorable moment of Parisian glamour, sophistication, and charming hospitality. Once landed the traveller’s need to feel grounded in earthly comfort is fully accommodated. The traveller is welcomed into an ambience similar to that of a boutique hotel. Despite being at an airport, the arriving passenger enjoys a warm sense of safe homecoming.
Barzileye Design invites the traveller to relax, refresh and revitalise before continuing their journey. Paris evokes an almost palpable nostalgia of glamour and romance. In reality, it is a unique world where the past and the present are inextricably,and delightfully, intertwined. Barzileye Design wishes to highlight this union. Baron Haussmann’s transformation of a medieval city into the Paris we know today, inspired Barzileye Design to evoke the expansive grandeur of his vision and recreate its elegance. A central island echoes the Ile de la Cité.
Photography: Cedric Doux / Michael Levy