Projects

New Project: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX

We are pleased to announce the opening of the new £2.5 Million Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse located in Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport!

Set within a relaxing space overlooking the Hollywood Hills, the new LAX Clubhouse puts a distinctly Southern California spin on Virgin Atlantic’s warmth and individuality.

The lounge recalls LA’s warm sunsets, flowing surf, laid back lifestyle, mountain backdrops, smooth curves and sculpted surfaces.  The reception area envelopes guests in a calm, cleansing environment sheltered from the bustle of the terminal.  Leading into the main lounge is a sculpted Corian and copper Flow Wall that continues into the space and cuts diagonally through the lounge as a backdrop for the Clubhouse opposite continuous views that include aircraft, LAX’s iconic Theme Building, runways, the Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood sign.

The sinuous Flow Wall defines a distinct variety of spaces each furnished to provide varied seating and social possibilities within the triangular shaped lounge volume.   At the widest part of the triangle, this space is defined by custom designed landscape-like sculpted couches and end tables that provide a variety of relaxed seating that recalls dunes and rolling hills at the glass corner of the lounge facing views of the Hollywood Hills and mountains beyond.  Swan chairs by Arne Jacobsen compliment the sculptural language in this area. 

The Flow Wall is sculpted at Eat Drink Man Woman to form the copper lined bar, featuring natural Californian produce and plants as well as Virgin Atlantic’s iconic bar service. The furnishings here include classic Walter Knoll Turtle chairs and a custom fabricated surfboard inspired counter along the windows. This piece is sculpted from layers of bamboo inspired by surfboards, skateboards, boat hulls and polished beach stones. This creates a perfect curated view of the gates and allows one to peer out over the magnificent Virgin Atlantic aircraft.  The classic Eames chairs at this counter are a direct reference to the famous California design team of Ray and Charles Eames who helped define the modernist California aesthetic.

The apex of the triangular lounge space, beyond the tip of the Flow Wall, encloses The Conversation in warm bamboo lines walls and ceilings framing the Diana Reichenbach video installation.  Leather banquets lining this room provide an intimate get-away within the clubhouse. This is the perfect place to enjoy an inspired Virgin Atlantic crafted dinner inspired by Californian lifestyle.

Design Trust Fellowship

As fellows for the Design Trust for Public Space's Laying the Groundwork: Vibrant Street Life for Affordable Housing project, Hayes Slade and James Slade will work to create a set of guidelines that will address the design and use of new ground-floor retail spaces by the NYC Department of Housing and Preservation and Development (HPD). With Mayor de Blasio's new ten-year plan to create or preserve 200,000 affordable housing units across the five boroughs and HPD's focus on mixed-use development initiatives, HPD is reaching unprecedented levels of retail space production. Laying the Groundwork: Vibrant Street Life will ensure that new mixed-use developments include the kind of spacious, flexible storefronts that can attract local entrepreneurs, provide vital services like banks and grocers as well as cultural amenities, while supporting active and vibrant streets.

Find more information on the project here.

Source: http://designtrust.org/projects/groundwork...

New Project: Staten Island Zoo Leopard Exhibit Opening

The new Amur Leopard Exhibit opened with a well attended ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Staten Island Borough President and Commissioner from DDC and DCA were all in attendance for the event as well as an excited group of elementary school students. In spite of the rain, the leopards were active and eager to explore their new home.

(Left to Right) Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Hayes Slade, and James Slade after the Mayor cut the ribbon. 

(Left to Right) Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Hayes Slade, and James Slade after the Mayor cut the ribbon. 

One of the leopard brothers checked out his new perch.

One of the leopard brothers checked out his new perch.

An elementary school student inside of the exhibit.

An elementary school student inside of the exhibit.

The other leopard explores his new home with Amar Malla from DDC and James Slade in the background.

The other leopard explores his new home with Amar Malla from DDC and James Slade in the background.

(Left to right) David Iseri from Slade Architecture, Amar Malla from NYC DDC, Ken Mitchell, Director of Staten Island Zoo, and Faith Rose from DDC pause to celebrate a successful project.

(Left to right) David Iseri from Slade Architecture, Amar Malla from NYC DDC, Ken Mitchell, Director of Staten Island Zoo, and Faith Rose from DDC pause to celebrate a successful project.

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New Newark Clubhouse

Slade Architecture recently completed the new Virgin Atlantic Club at Newark Airport.  

From DesignAir:

Virgin Atlantic have now finished their £100million upgrade of their Upper Class Experience, with the launch of their final renovation of the clubhouses, the Newark Lounge. Pieced together by the same creatives, Slade Architecture, that made the JFK Clubhouse, which ranked Number 2 in our Top 10 Lounges 2012, this clubhouse is leaps and bounds from its previous offering at the terminal. A very design heavy look and feel dominates the lounge, making it perhaps look more cool than comfortable, with lots of straight lines and angles, but this is a place to be seen.