Compiled by Team IAnD
Photography: Tom Sibley; courtesy Slade Architecture
The New LAX Clubhouse puts a distinctly Southern California spin on Virgin Atlantic’s warmth and individuality, set as it is, within a relaxing space overlooking Hollywood Hills…
The new £2.5 million Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse located in Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport is designed by Slade Architecture in collaboration with Virgin Atlantic in-house design - the same collaboration that designed the award-winning JFK and Newark Clubhouses.
Drawing contextually from the environment, the lounge recalls LA’s warm sunsets, flowing surf, laid back lifestyle, mountain backdrops, smooth curves and sculpted surfaces. The reception area envelopes guests in calm, cleansing environment sheltered from the bustle of the terminal, where leading into the main lounge is a sculpted Corian and copper Flow Wall that continues into the space and cuts diagonally through the lounge as a backdrop for the clubhouse.
As the primary feature and highlight of the clubhouse, the Flow Wall defines a distinct variety of spaces each furnished to provide varied seating and social possibilities within the triangular shaped lounge volume. Its copper lined bar features natural Californian produce and plants as well as Virgin Atlantic’s iconic bar service.
The furnishings here include classic Walter Knoll Turtle chairs and a custom fabricated surfboard-inspired counter along the windows. This piece is sculpted from layers of bamboo inspired by surfboards, skateboards, boat hulls and polished beach stones. The classic Eames chairs at this counter are a direct reference to the famous California design team of Ray and Charles Eames, who helped define the modernist California aesthetic.
The apex of the triangular lounge space, beyond the tip of the Flow Wall, encloses The Conversation in warm bamboo-lined walls and ceilings framing a Diana Reichenbach video installation. Leather banquets lining this room provide an intimate get-away within the clubhouse.
Just like its other two clubhouses, the LA Clubhouse too follows the customer-first dictum and offers the perfectly curated view of the gates, the magnificent Virgin Atlantic aircraft, besides LAX’s iconic theme building, Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood sign.