Qantas has just unveiled the design of its new First Lounge in Singapore Changi Airport. Set to open at the end of 2019, the new lounge is being developed using virtual reality (VR) technology.
A virtual reality representation of the new lounge’s design concept has been created by Industrial Designer David Caon and his team. What it means is that the design team and Qantas can be fully immersed in the new design, able to preview it from a more functional perspective, and fine tune it from there.
“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 Alison Webster, Qantas International CEO.
David Caon and Kelvin Ho of Akin Atelier are at the helm of the new lounge’s design. It will, of course, be of the utmost luxury with premium dining options and amenities for guests. The interior will feature a neutral colour palette with punches of natural greens. Marble and oak abound – an ode to the flagship lounge in Sydney – with brass and gold highlights.
Services available at the First Lounge include shower facilities, Singapore-inspired a la carte dining with an open kitchen, a cocktail bar and device charging stations aplenty.
Qantas’ use of cutting edge technologies doesn’t just end with VR either; “With a continued focus on wellness, we’ll be looking at including the latest advances in light technology, allowing passengers to better synchronise their body clocks with future time zones.” said David Caon.
The new Qantas First Lounge in Singapore Changi Airport will be able to accommodate 240 guests. It joins the airline’s existing Business Lounge, which is currently under expansion and will re-open mid 2019.