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Plaza Premium Lounge

Orlando, Florida

  • 7,120 sf. ft
  • Associated Architect: Bermello Ajamil

For the new 7,120 sf. ft. Plaza Premium Lounge, designers created a luxury airport lounge catering to diverse passengers with unique expectations while incorporating branded elements like the 360° experience, guest amenities, and full-service food and beverage within a long, linear, split-level, and double-sided footprint. The interior concept was to create a sense of place, surprise, and delight.

For a distinct character from the rest of the airport, designers selected warm natural wood tones, playful lighting, and distinct family and food areas. A large-scale tropical botanical wallcovering surrounds the two-story entry inviting guests up to the main lounge.

A digital “Selfie Wall” highlights the upper-level lobby opening to the “Family Lounge,” where families can relax and play in a “Florida garden.” The garden’s focal point is a full-height sculptural “tree” functionally concealing structure and roof drains. Acoustic clouds over the children’s activity space form the tree canopy, complimented by the ceiling’s sky-blue finish and soft illumination to create a relaxed setting and inviting play. Patchwork wall paneling adds dimension, and sensory play wallboards and a seek-and-find animal mural engage young travelers.

The adjacent “Gallery,” where rich wood tones backdrop local fine artwork, creates familiarity and welcomes travelers to the region. Designers created the 360° experience by maximizing full-height glass walls to keep views to the tarmac and the indoor entertainment atrium as open as possible. A sophisticated blue palette and warm wood tones are accented by chainmail ceiling sculptures designed to emulate the movement of air. An expansive bar offers day-to-evening service with open shelving to emphasize offerings and maximize light and views. To accommodate all guests, designers provided varied seating, a community table, banquettes, and quiet lounges integrating accessibility seamlessly. Restrooms feature Spa-like showers with low-flow and hands-free fixtures. Other sustainable features include low-VOC materials, energy efficiency, and air purification systems.

Contractor: Hensel Phelps
Interior Design: Ramski & Company
Photographer: Chad Baumer Photography