Qantas tasks Caon Studio and Akin Atelier for the design of its first class lounge in Singapore’s Changi Airport

Qantas tasks Caon Studio and Akin Atelier for the design of its first class lounge in Singapore’s Changi Airport

Qantas has stamped a definitive seal on its return to the folds of Singapore’s Changi airport – for some years, it had moved its hub from Changi to Dubai – with a new first class lounge.

The sprawling 1000sqm cocoon in terminal 1 – which can fit 240 passengers – is the work of Caon Studio and Akin Atelier, both Sydney-based studios delivering a sleek open-plan space in which a mix of perforated walls, banquettes and brass screens subtly demarcate dining room and open kitchen, lounge, a cocktail bar anchored by a 3m long Carrara marble bar, VIP quiet room, and bathrooms and 10 showers.

The furnishings – mostly customised by Caon Studio’s in-house brand BLOC – are suitably low-slung and inviting, the relaxed mood complemented by Joe Colombo Coupe floor lamps and Henry Wilson scones.

The hard surfaces of marble, European oak and large-chip terrazzo, meanwhile, are softened by coelux skylights that mimic natural daylight – a particular nice touch for jetlag passengers in transit – and strategically placed fan palms, Monstera Obliqua undergrowth and Areca palms that are meant to be quiet echoes of Singapore’s tropical greenery.

If you can’t wait till the on-board meal, celebrity chef and long-time Qantas collaborator, Neil Perry, delivers a pan-Asian menu that includes local Singaporean standards such as laksa, and salt and pepper squid alongside grilled barramundi and tea-smoked duck breast.§

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