First Class Lounge. Terminal 1, Changi Airport, Singapore

As Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas is responsible for carrying a large proportion of the six million travellers that fly between Singapore and Australia annually. To meet the needs of these customers, the airline set about designing its first-ever first class lounge in Asia.

A priority for Qantas was to accommodate the varying needs of passengers, depending on how they like to spend their time before flying, whether that’s to refresh, relax, dine or work. The result was a considered design that divides the First Lounge into five areas, featuring a dining room, lounge, cocktail bar, VIP quiet room, bathroom and shower suites. Qantas just needed a  fit out partner that could deliver the superior craftsmanship and care it envisioned — that’s where the 8build team stepped in.


Project: Fit Out

Sector: Aviation

Size: 23,000 sq ft

Programme: 25 weeks

Contract: SIA form of contract

Procurement: Fixed-price


Architect: CAON Studio and Akin Atelier

PM: Currie & Brown

PQS: Currie & Brown

Services: JRP

The first class lounge bar.

The Project

Featuring perforated walls, banquettes and curved brass partitions, the space benefits from integrated staff wait stations that divide each area while maintaining an open plan. The luxury material palette comprises a curated selection of Carrara marble, European oak, brass, bespoke large-chip terrazzo and plush carpet in calming tones.

Seating options incorporate a mix of designer chairs and loungers, with custom design pieces that 8build crafted in Singapore. Modern, yet ambient lighting adds a grounded softness to the interior, that includes Joe Colombo Coupe floor lamps, Flos IC wall lights, Henry Wilson sconces, and custom ceiling pendants.

Coelux skylights in the bathroom suites and VIP area mimic natural daylight, assisting in regulating travellers’ body clocks. Lush greenery is planted throughout the lounge, supporting passenger wellbeing while adding colour, vibrancy and a reference to Singapore’s verdant pockets of nature.


Stakeholder Liaison

The challenges of working in a live ‘airside’ environment required close and consistent communications with Changi Airport Group and government stakeholders, including security, fire, police and building management departments.


Security Prioritised

A close working relationship with Changi Airport’s security team enabled us to develop a solution to mitigate the risk of a security breach during the installation of the kitchen extract that penetrated the floors and the roof.


Precision Procurement

To achieve this project’s luxury finish, specified materials from specialist suppliers across the globe were required. With expert management and pinpoint procurement tracking, we ensured the timely delivery of materials and maintained the programme schedule.

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