The Qantas First Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport, set to open by end of 2019, gets the VR treatment.
The Qantas First Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport, set to open by end of 2019, gets the VR treatment. Industrial designer David Caon and his team have created an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) representation of the design concept, allowing Qantas a more effective way to preview and fine tune lounges. A similar approach is being used for the airline’s upgrade of its A380 cabins.
The new First Lounge (for 240 customers) is being designed to suit transit travellers with shower facilities, a la carte dining including an open kitchen, a cocktail bar and plenty of device charging stations.
According to Qantas International CEO Alison Webster, VR gives the airline a completely new way to make sure a lounge meets customer needs well before the build begins.
“While we already use VR technology to promote destinations, this is the first time we have used it to better understand a lounge design. Being able to immerse ourselves in a virtual lounge gives us a more accurate sense of space and an understanding of how it will look to scale,” said Webster.
“We know Qantas customers like to dine in the lounge to maximise sleep on-board, so the layout will offer generous and comfortable seating options, ideal for eating, working or relaxing.
“As Qantas’ largest hub outside of Australia, Singapore is an extremely important part of our network. There is strong demand for travel in premium cabins to Singapore and we are looking forward to complementing the First class experience with a new lounge.”
In terms of interior choices, First Lounge will incorporate a neutral colour palette, luxurious materials and leafy green highlights that would promote relaxation as soon as customers enter the lounge.
Designer Caon shared that using Virtual Reality has revolutionised the design process between designer and client.
“Virtual reality brings the 2D drawings and photos to life, and for this project in particular, it has sped up the consultation process between our design team and Qantas,” he said.
The Qantas First Lounge in Singapore is expected to open in late 2019, while the existing Business Lounge will be expanded and is due to open mid-year.
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