British Airways is to unveil its first, club and executive class lounges at Heathrow Terminal Five today, designed by Davies & Baron.
Termed ‘galleries’, the six lounges cover 20 000m2, accommodate up to 3000 passengers and feature private bedrooms and art installations by Troika.
BA appointed Davies & Baron to the £60m project in 2003 following a creative pitch against two or three unnamed consultancies. The interior design group has also designed an Elemis Travel Spa for the lounges.
According to partner David Davies, ‘The brief was quite “blue sky”. BA asked us to think in very fresh terms about the galleries, so we decided to try to capture the best of British design and style. This translated into us using very traditional, luxurious fabrics’.
Davies & Baron worked with Osborne & Little on fabric designs, one of which incorporates the outline of a Concorde aircraft.
BA appointed lighting design group Pinneger & Partners to work with Davies & Baron on the lighting concept, including six chandeliers and a computer-controlled 24-hour mood lighting system.
Davies & Baron appointed Spanish design group El Ultimo Grito to design the children’s area, which features magnetic walls that users can create pictures on.
Heathrow T5 opens on 27 March.