Moscow business lounges help FIFA World Cup fans arrive in style

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Whether football fans are arriving in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a sense or trepidation or excitement about their team’s chances, those who fly business class will definitely arrive in style, thanks to two newly opened business lounges at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport.

The lounge operators, Sheremetyevo VIP, have collaborated with international transport and hospitality specialists, JPA Design to create the spaces, each of which has a distinct character, taking different inspiration from the art and culture of Russia.

Kandinsky Business Lounge

This 1,515 sqm lounge is located in Terminal B and can accommodate up to 320 guests. The lounge is named after Vassily Kandinsky, the Moscow-born abstract artist, and his bold geometric forms and vivid colors have been echoed in the design. As well as the reproductions of Kandinsky’s work on the walls, which one might expect, his style has been applied throughout the space, for example with the sculpted bronze metalwork of the reception desk, the ribbed timber ceilings with dynamic light features, and the neutrally colored wood paneling with vertical fins that create veiled views between lounge zones.

The bronze-clad desk forms the core of the Kandinsky lounge, from which a central walkway leads to the two main lounge areas at each end of the space

Other features of the lounge include two quiet private zone options (one designed for work, the other for relaxation), a library, a ‘cyber café’ which a more sociable space, two TV viewing zones (ideal for catching up with matches), a family lounge with an adjoining brightly colored kids’ room, and a dedicated smoking room. And of course the essentials of showers, meeting rooms and sleeping cubicles complete the Kandinsky lounge offer.

The furniture selected all features diagonal lines and dynamic angles, referencing Constructivism, an early 20th century predominantly Russian artistic movement, which is also evident in the architecture of the new terminal at Sheremetyevo. Natural materials such as wood and leather soften the look and feel

The 70-cover buffet-style dining area and small bar are both serviced from a back kitchen, allowing staff to replenish stock directly. Keeping the operational elements out of sight helps create a calm atmosphere

Aeroflot Moscow Lounge

The 260-seat Aeroflot Moscow Lounge, located in the airport’s Terminal D and also designed by JPA, has a different look, being based on a modern interpretation of Moscow’s neo-classical architecture. The 1,195 sqm lounge is spread over two floors in an irregularly shaped space, which led JPA to develop an ‘organic’ scheme to unify the spaces and create natural flow.

The lounge ceilings feature colored circular coffers, intended to evoke a birds-eye view of the polychromatic onion domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, while the bespoke carpet design mimics the forms and lavish decorations of the domes

Two continuous sidewalls lead guests into and around the lounge areas, with a ramp gently curving upwards to take them to the raised floor area.  Leather wall panels around the lift and staircase core, along with twisted felt panels on feature walls, create beautiful flowing lines. The extensive facilities match those of the Kandinsky Lounge, to give guests a truly personal and relaxing experience.

The Level 2 buffet and dining area of the Aeroflot Moscow Lounge

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