DOHA: The recently opened Al Mourjan Business Lounge for Qatar Airways’ Premium passengers at Hamad International Airport (HIA) features luxury design complemented by state-of-the-art technology to meet the needs and desires of premium travellers.
Inspired by Qatari hospitality and underpinned by the luxurious industrial design sense of Antonio Citterio, a leading Italian designer, the Al Mourjan Business Lounge offers privacy and relaxation in a public space.
Customers get a first glimpse of the clean lines and contemporary style at the lounge entrance, where they are greeted by a five-metre long reception desk made of hammered polished stainless steel.
The same sense of grandeur is emphasised throughout the lounge, and is highlighted by a steel and glass staircase that is designed without a landing — creating a clean and crisp shape.
A grand chandelier anchors the middle of the staircase dipping towards a water feature that creates a mirror image of the chandelier and a sense of immense depth.
Materials used throughout the lounge complement the overall design. Fine treated and chiselled Ferretto sandstone has been tested in the lounge for the first time. The special stone treatment is most visible in the prayer room corridor, which is washed by light from above.
Carrara marble used for the buffet tables was brought directly from quarries in Italy, while the buffet table in the lounge’s Resort Deli/Bistro was also cut from the same block of stone to guarantee consistency.
Teak wood flooring in the open resort area, with rubber inserts, is the same that is used on luxury yachts.
Throughout the lounge the designers have introduced various yet complementary seating options, offering customers a variety of choice. The majority were custom-designed by Antonio Citterio exclusively for Al Mourjan, while there is also furniture by famous designers such as Bouroullec Brothers, Bertoia, Fukasawa, and Urquiola.
In addition, leading Italian and European luxury furniture design companies have also found their place in the lounge, including Vitra, B&B, Cassina, Knoll, Arper, Flos, Fritz Hansen and Unifor.
Technology also plays an important part in the overall design. The lighting technology in the open resort area provides natural shade as it projects shadows with changing colour temperatures and intensities together with different shadow patterns on the horizontal surfaces.