Foster + Partners in first airline interiors job

Foster + Partners has created the interiors for Cathay Pacific’s first class cabins, in the architectural practice’s first-ever commercial aircraft interiors project.

The new cabin

Source: Steve Wong

The practice was commissioned to design the interiors for the fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft after its work on The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, which opened earlier this year.

The cabin designs carry through design elements of The Wing, including its palette of white leather, reflective dark grey surfaces and walnut finishes.

The new interiors also feature handmade woollen carpets, refurbished bathrooms and a reading light that has been specially designed to cast fewer shadows when passengers are working or dining.

The new cabin

Source: Steve Wong

Mike Holland, partner and head of industrial design at Foster + Partners says, ‘While this is our first project for a commercial aircraft, it was a unique opportunity to bring together architecture and industrial design, and it drew on our previous commissions for yachts and private jets.

‘Our challenge has been to take the design principles of the new lounges into the aircraft, while working within stringent safety requirements and retaining Cathay Pacific’s award-winning seat. We are now further developing this expertise with projects for next generation aircraft.’

The new cabin

Source: Steve Wong

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