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El Lissitzky Business Lounge | Sheremetyevo Airport

Client: Sheremetyevo VIP | Sheremetyevo Airport Moscow, November 2020

Assignment: Concept and design for the Business Lounge | Terminal C - International Flights

Surface: 730 m2

 

Constructivism was an artistic and architectural philosophy that originated in Russia beginning in 1915 by Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Rodchenko. Abstract and sober, constructivist art aimed to reflect modern industrial society and urban space. The movement rejected decorative stylization in favor of the industrial assemblage of materials. Constructivists were in favor of art for practical and social purposes, and were associated with Soviet socialism and the Russian avant-garde. Constructivist architecture and art had a great effect on modern art movements of the 20th century, influencing major trends such as the Bauhaus and ‘De Stijl’ movements. It’s influence was widespread, with major effects upon architecture, sculpture, graphic design, industrial design, theatre, film, dance, fashion and, to some extent, music.

M+R has now secured a solid place on Sheremetyevo Airport's shortlist for international design agencies. After the realization of the award winning Rublev (A’design award + German design award 2019) and Chagall (A’design award 2020) business lounge and the largest business lounge in Europe: Malevich, our agency was asked to develop a concept and design for a business lounge in terminal C - phase 2.

The El Lissitzky business lounge is approximately 730 m2 in total. The lounge is located directly at the departure hall with a view on the platform. The lounge is equipped with a few sleeping cabins; meeting rooms; a play area for children, toilets; shower rooms and offers a total of more than 160 seats for travelers.

For the design of the lounge we were inspired by El Lissitzky, where the graphic design of the artist was the basis: Lazar Markovich Lissitzky was born on November 23, 1890 and was a well-known Russian artist, designer, photographer, typographer, polemicist and architect. He was an important figure of the Russian avant-garde, helped develop suprematism with his mentor, Kazimir Malevich, and designed numerous exhibition displays and propaganda works for the Soviet Union. His work greatly influenced the Bauhaus and Constructivist movements, and he experimented with production techniques and stylistic devices that would dominate 20th-century graphic design. The design of the ceiling concept is inspired by his graphic design of round shapes that together form a graphic perspective image. The ceiling elements are formed around the architectural columns and create a zoning in the lounge. A large bar is positioned in the middle of the lounge, next to a dining area that also houses the kitchen. The color scheme of the lounge is wood, the reception area; bar and partition walls are constructed from layers of plywood. The lounge lighting is concealed in the ceiling rings.