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August 10, 2020
The 15,800-square-foot flagship Alaska Airlines Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is part of the first phase of the modernization of the airport’s North Satellite.
The design borrows from the Pacific Northwest’s rivers and water while maximizing views and daylight.
A large central fireplace, bistro area, bar and barista station are separated with oak and metal screens. Each space has its own furnishings, floor and ceiling materials, and light quality. The concierge area has a sculptural wood desk and an illuminated topographical screen.
A 50-foot-wide window adjacent to the lounge entry looks over the concourse. A wall of 20-foot-tall windows wrap the perimeter of the lounge, with views of the runways, downtown Seattle, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.
High-backed, tufted fabric banquettes create semi-private nooks with custom designed recliners.
The walnut-topped bar is a focal point of the lounge, with illuminated “airplane bottles” as a bar back display.
Local fabricators created custom elements, such as light fixtures that recall jet engines and recycled cardboard screens.
Design architect: Graham Baba Architects
Executive architect: SRG Partnership
Contractor: Hensel Phelps
Interior design: Charlie Hellstern in collaboration with Graham Baba Architects
Lighting design: Niteo
Entry desk fabrication: Spearhead
Entry art wall: Graypants
Lighting fabricator: Resolute Lighting
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