How did you approach lighting at the United Polaris Lounges? Were you trying to evoke a certain feeling?
Travel is hectic. At airports, food courts tend to be over-lit and very bright, and then there’s no place to relax. The United Polaris Lounges were really meant to take you completely out of that zone and bring you into a space that feels almost like a high-end hotel or high-end residential building. You are in warmer light and you had softness around you, whether that’s through decorative fixtures or cove details. We used Luminii for a lot of indirect lighting to create a very soft atmosphere. We didn’t want lighting coming directly down on people, which would’ve created a harsher feeling.
My firm worked with the architecture firm SCB on each of the lounges. We created scenes for different times of day. We obviously had daylight and then there were separate scenes as dusk turned into evening. The light levels came down.
The design has evolved over time, but each lounge was similar in terms of which amenities were offered. There was food service; there were showers. There were resting rooms, phone rooms, places to work and places to relax. Each lounge has a completely different layout, so some elements were the same from lounge to lounge, but there were definitely things that evolved over the years.