The airline’s in-house design team has worked with New York-based architectural practice Slade Architecture – the same pairing which was behind the JFK Clubhouse.
Virgin Atlantic says the Newark space, which is the ‘final element’ in its £100m Upper Class investment, ‘has been designed with a mixture of NYC’s downtown flair and Virgin Atlantic’s warmth and individuality.’
Soho boutiques, TriBecCa-style lofts, Noho coffee shops, ‘secret bars’ in the Lower East Side and ‘meatpacking district chic’ have all been referenced in the design.
The airside 1524m2 space features a cocktail bar where crystal fittings refract natural light, a Passion Pit’ for relaxing and sleeping, the Origami Lounge which offers privacy, the Liquid Lounge – another cocktail area – the Brasserie and a screening room showing films by National Film and Television school graduate film-makers.
Furniture pieces include Pearson Lloyd’s Turtle Chair, Moroso’s Take a Line chair, Saarinen marble tables and Bertoia Chairs and Stools.
Work by local artists including Jorge Colombo, Garrett Pruter, and Kate Hazzell has been hung.
Luke Miles, Head of Design at Virgin Atlantic says, ‘Newark has always been an important market to Virgin Atlantic – it’s where it all started with our first flight from London in 1984.
‘The new Clubhouse has been designed to really reflect the spirit and heart of downtown New York and we are confident that it will continue to impress our passengers and give them an experience to remember each time they fly with us.’