M+R interior architecture wins the A'design Silver Award 2019 for the Rublev Lounge | Sheremetyevo Airport Moscow.
Rublev business lounge takes silver at the A’Design Award & Competition
The design of the Rublev business lounge at Sheremetyevo International Airport received high acclaim from the jury of a leading international design competition — the A’Design Award & Competition. The official awards ceremony took place in Como, Italy.
The lounge was designed by the Dutch design office M+R Interior Architecture, known for its work at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The designers were inspired by the avant-garde aesthetics of Russian constructivism and the architecture of Kievan Rus. One of the project's central themes is church domes — a nod to the legacy of Andrei Rublev, the great Russian painter of Orthodox icons. The interior uses a range of high quality materials; marble, steel, and copper; some of the decor elements are made of natural wood and glass. The lounge's lighting concept is of particular interest: the color temperature and the intensity of lights change from day to night, which creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. The interior's central element is the onion-shaped seating areas made of wood, with subtle lighting coming from the ceiling.
The designers applied some of the best practices from the premium hospitality sector in this project. The space is divided into several dedicated areas, which allows all guests to relax and make good use of their time at the airport. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the airfield from the comfortable sunbed-style chairs in the lounge area. Business travelers also have access to a meeting room for 10 people. The space has a dedicated room for children. The restaurant area offers a European cuisine buffet, which is the longest in all business lounges in the world. Visitors can use the bar on the second floor or relax in one of the comfortable hotel-style rooms.
Sheremetyevo International Airportis a top 10 hub airport in Europe and the largest airport in Russia by passenger and cargo traffic, the number of takeoff and landing operations, the total area of terminals, and cargo facility capacity. The Sheremetyevo route network includes over 220 destinations. In 2018, Sheremetyevo Airport served 45,836 million passengers, a 14.3% increase compared to 2017.
2018 saw Sheremetyevo top the ASQ ACI program's ranking for customer service among the largest airports in Europe, whose passenger traffic exceeded 40 million passengers per year and enter the list of the world's best airports according to ACI Director General's Roll of Excellence. Skytrax assigned the top rating 5 stars to Sheremetyevo Airport.