HI-MACSŪ SOLID SURFACE
Lufthansa Logan Airport Lounge
The Lufthansa Logan Airport Lounge offers travelers an escape from the crowds and chaos of air travel. In their quest to create a space that is not only welcoming and comfortable, but sleek and sophisticated, it was an easy decision for the architects working on this project to choose HI-MACSŪ Solid Surface from LG Hausys.
Opened in February of 2017, the Lufthansa Lounge is located on the top floor of the recently renovated Terminal E at Bostons Logan International Airport. This enhanced space boasts 6,700 square feet of space, nearly double the size of Lufthansas previous facility, with the ability to accommodate up to 162 guests. The lounge features relaxing seating areas, a bistro bar serving hot and cold food, a bar serving up refreshing libations and stunning views of the airport and scenic Boston waterfront.
Maintaining Brand Standards is Key
Lufthansa maintains consistent style guidelines for its facilities around the world, and when Boston-based architect David Berkowitz needed to achieve the clean lines and modern, European design that personifies the Lufthansa brand, HI-MACS Solid Surface from LG Hausys was deemed the perfect fit to realize the lounges ideal design.
Project Manager Sebastian Drebler explained, Lufthansa has a corporate design guideline defining the interior architecture of the buildings and facilities as well as colors, material and shapes. The guidelines were instituted in a 2011/2012 design manual that is being continuously modified and have established the specific design requirements for all areas of the lounge from check in to food service areas.
When selecting materials for the lounge, white oak and white surfaces were chosen to complement the brown hues found in the modern, streamlined leather furniture and stainless steel details found throughout the space. Lufthansa employs simple geometric shapes, providing an effect dubbed plain radius.
Keeping these guidelines in mind, Drebler noted that, LG HI-MACS Solid Surface allows almost endless variations in shapes and hence was identified as high-end product matching architectural needs while being durable in a high traffic airport environment.
Creating a flight of functional fancy
Developing an inviting, appealing design is important, but the biggest consideration in a high traffic area such as an airport lounge is effective function. Surfaces must be kept clean and maintained, especially in an environment where patrons expect exceptional service and cleanliness. HI-MACS surfaces meet and exceed the needs of this space because it provides:
- A strong surface that can stand up to everyday scratches
- A seamless, non-porous that prevents the growth and collection of harmful bacteria and mold, especially in food preparation and service areas
- Higher resistance to stains and heat
HI-MACS Solid Surface is made up of a perfectly balanced fusion of compounds, integrated for maximum strength and durability. The non-porous and seamless attributes of this surface allow all areas of the lounge to be completely cleanable and easily maintained. With hundreds of travelers passing through the lounge each day, its important that the materials used are durable and the HI-MACS surface can withstand demanding day-to-day use. Scratches and scuffs can be easily buffed out to return the surface to its original luster and glow.
Fortunately, style did not have to be sacrificed in order to achieve safety. The project designers chose HI-MACS surfaces in two cool, composed colors, Lunar Sand and Arctic White. These surfaces are prominent throughout the lounge, with applications on countertops, cooktop areas, charging tables, standard square and rectangular tabletops. The surfaces can also be found on high top tables featuring waterfall edges that cascade to the floor, and the huge curved banquet that separates the interior space into two distinct rooms.
From the thermoformed 3D bar to the curved banquette seating and the enticing geometric lines of the three-tiered welcome desk, the clean, bright white sculptured material makes a statement and lends a unique appeal to this refuge from the hustle and bustle of the crowded airport.
The work of Sebastian Drebler and David Berkowitz, and the selection of HI-MACS Solid Surface from LG Hausys make the Lufthansa Lounge at Logan Airport the perfect example of standard, horizontal applications and thermoformed, sculptured, architectural centerpieces that together make a harmonious interior space worthy of design admiration as well as a welcome retreat for the busy traveler.