Cathay Pacific have really pushed their investment into the passenger experience by launching last week their new ‘Bridge’ lounge. The 6th lounge to grace Hong Kong International airport sits alongside The Cabin (launched in 2010), The Arrival (launched 2008), The Pier (2001) and the recently updated ‘Wing’ (first launched in 1998) and of course their sister airline Dragonair’s lounge at G18.
This latest incarnation, (which means the airline now has a record breaking 13,000sqm of lounge floor space at the airport) was designed by their architects-of-choice, UK based ‘Foster + Partners’. Using a wealth of luxury materials, from venetian glass tiles to travertine stone and oak panels, and featuring their famous patented ‘Solus chair’ the lounge sits perfectly with its counterparts. The Bridge, at just over 2,500sqm, is located on level 5 in the West concourse, near gate 35 and is a haven for both business and first class passengers (as well as frequent fliers with a OneWorld Sapphire – or above, or Marco Polo Silver – or above – card). Using the tagline ‘A home away from home’ the dedicated space has a luxury residential feel to it. We really like the finishes and zones created by the clever use of differing materials, creating a sense of light and shade, and the differing textures reducing the reflection of noise through the open space.
The residential feel is echoed by the inclusion of various artworks. Each of the two main seating areas features two display cabinets, tastefully curated with books and artefacts on one side, while the other side showcases artworks created by William Furniss, a Hong Kong based artist specialising in abstract water photography. The two sculptures at the entrance to both the North and South wings are designed and handcrafted by Charlotte Mayer, a UK based artist, mainly specialising in cast bronze sculptures. These pieces of art fit effortlessly into the space and really help lift the lounge.
The lounge is broken down into North and South wings, each extending from the central Reception area. The North Wing features The Bakery, which offers freshly baked bread and pizzas, as well as sandwiches, pastries, Asian and Western soups, and fresh salads. The North Wing also features the airline’s iconic Long Bar together with a television lounge and general seating area.
The South Wing features The Bistro, a self-service area where passengers can enjoy a variety of high-quality Asian and Western hot dishes and cold food selections, including delicious desserts and light leafy salads. At the Coffee Loft, passengers are treated to freshly brewed coffee and specialty tea, accompanied by freshly baked muffins, pastries and cookies.
Each of the shower suites located in The South Wing features a spacious shower, providing a calm, relaxing and private sanctuary in which passengers can freshen up before their journey. There is also an ‘IT Zone’, where passengers can stay in touch and entertained with facilities like high speed wi-fi and iMacs.
Now we love the wealth of lounges, which cater perfectly for frequent fliers, although even to our standards, 6 lounges is a little excessive, but it’s that mentality that makes for a great airline and great business class and first class experience, and for aviation geeks, you can’t beat the floor to ceiling windows over the airport apron. We are headed out to Hong Kong in a few weeks and will give a detailed report on all the lounge offerings at the airport, so stay tuned to thedesignair.net, subscribe using the link below or follow us on twitter to be the first to know!
To experience, book your business or first class ticket with cathaypacific.com