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  7. Virgin Atlantic EWR Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

Virgin Atlantic EWR Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

  • 01:00 - 20 June, 2013
Virgin Atlantic EWR Clubhouse / Slade Architecture
Virgin Atlantic EWR Clubhouse / Slade Architecture, © Anton Stark
© Anton Stark

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Newark airport (EWR), 3 Brewster Road, Newark, NJ 07114, United States
  • Principals

    Hayes Slade, James Slade
  • Design Team

    Tian Gao, Kristina Kesler, Magda Stoenescu, David Iseri, Rasmus Kristensen, Ana Lopis, Allesandro Perinelli, Garrett Pruter
  • Client

    Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.
  • Collaborators

    Virgin Atlantic In-House Design
  • MEP Engineers

    ADS Engineers Ambrosino, Depinto & Schmieder
  • Structural Engineers

    Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
  • Quantity Surveyor

    PT Projects - Peter Turvey
  • Lighting Design

    Focus Lighting
  • Kitchen Consultant

    Next Step Design
  • Contractor

    Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Millwork

    Allegheny Millwork
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Courtesy of Slade Architecture
Courtesy of Slade Architecture

Text description provided by the architects. Virgin Atlantic has opened a brand-new Clubhouse at Newark Liberty Airport. Designed by New York-based Slade Architecture ( in collaboration with the Virgin Atlantic in-house design team (the same collaboration that designed the award winning JFK Clubhouse which opened in March 2012), the Newark Clubhouse brings together NYC’s downtown flair and Virgin Atlantic’s warmth and individuality. The lounge lives and breathes lower Manhattan – think Soho boutiques, TriBeCa lofts and Meatpacking District chic.

© Anton Stark
© Anton Stark

Once guests have cleared security, they can check into the airside Clubhouse. A constellation of sparkling pinpoint lights draws you into the sculpted entry passage. Punctuated by a sky lit receptionist at a specular desk, the entry sequence creates an extended decompression zone between the busy terminal and the relaxed luxury inside the clubhouse; a dramatic immersion into the Virgin Atlantic experience.

Courtesy of Slade Architecture
Courtesy of Slade Architecture

The Clubhouse is organized around a faceted bar that rises in the center of the lounge, culminating in a crystalline bottle display under the central skylight. The geometry of this object ripples across the ceiling, creating an abstract geometric canopy that spills up into the two skylights.

© Anton Stark
© Anton Stark

A series of distinct, downtown inspired spaces pin wheel around the bar. Each space references an iconic downtown typology- café, theater, art gallery, restaurant, club, bar, lounge. Grab a coffee and read a book or magazine in the wood lined café. Venture into the curtain wrapped screening room to catch the latest art house video. Curl up in an upholstered pod, carved into protective faceted concrete of the passion pit. Pull up to the bar at the liquid lounge. Sit down for a delicious meal in the gallery-like brasserie. Catch up on your email or listen to music in the colorful origami lounge.

© Anton Stark
© Anton Stark

Art is central to the downtown vibe. Digital finger paintings of lower Manhattan, commissioned from New York artist Jorge Colombo, animate the café. The brasserie features three mixed media works by New York artist Garrett Pruter, inspired by discarded travel photographs found in various downtown junk shops. Works by Kate Hazell, Galia Rybitskaya, Mille Marotta and Jonny Moss are displayed throughout the space.

© Anton Stark
© Anton Stark

Custom elements abound, adding moments of discovery and humor. Pillows examine the urban landscape at different scales. Graffiti inspired wallpaper in the bathroom/shower area is illuminated by glowing resin sinks. The more time you spend exploring the lounge, the more it unfolds and reveals itself.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Virgin Atlantic EWR Clubhouse / Slade Architecture" 20 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884