Chzon studio designs the airport’s departure hall to refer to Parisian life

French design agency Chzon Studio has added archways and fountains referencing iconic Parisian monuments to a departure lounge at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

Chzon study redesigned the boarding gate area of ​​Terminal 2G with the aim of creating a dynamic representation of Paris design and history in a typically utilitarian area of ​​the airport.

The large room is characterized by white columns and sculptural installations

The 1,300-square-foot space is populated by rounded seating in dark blue and green upholstery, which takes aesthetic cues from the 1960s and 1970s, arranged in benches, booths and pairs.

To zone the space and instill privacy, the studio added partitions and expressive white sculptures by the artist studio Simon’swhich functions as an alternative bench.

Photo showing the airport's departure lounge with green benches and large tree-like rounded white sculptures
References to Paris are made at varying scales throughout the space

The studio referenced iconic Parisian monuments by installing archways that nod to the Arc de Triomphe, as well as a fountain reminiscent of the water feature in the Jardin du Luxembourg and surrounded by green metal chairs similar to those found in Paris parks. .

Rows of wooden tables have been inlaid with checkerboards in another reference to Paris’s parks. Passengers can use these as workspaces, to eat or to play games while waiting for flights.

Photo showing the airport departure lounge with green chairs, white fountain and terrazzo floors
The miniature fountain is a focal point in the terminal

As well as designing some of the lighting for the interior in-house, the studio also sourced and installed antique lighting and other decorative items from the city’s St Ouen flea market, including giant wall lamps and aluminum sunshades.

To keep the space relevant to its function, Chzon also referenced airplane design, using metallic details, patterned finishes, and reclining airplane-style seats designed by Italian architect and furniture designer Osvaldo Borsani.

“[The design] dramatizes the boarding lounge while keeping the passenger informed,” Dorothée Meilichzon, founder of Chzon studio, said of the interior design.

“The departure lounge will be a smooth transition between the Paris we are leaving and the plane that is about to take off.”

Photo showing the airport's departure lounge with abstract mural above windows and green seating
The mural is applied to perforated sheets and wraps around the walls above the windows

The room also has a mural inspired by the French painter’s work Sonia Delaunay that sits above the windows, which overlook the runways and provide a view of planes taking off and landing.

This fresco also references symbols used in airport signage and bears similar rounded motifs to those found in retro-style seating and lighting.

Photo showing the airport departure lounge with green benches and abstract mural behind
Rounded elements in furniture, lighting and decor refer to design from the 1960s and 1970s

Charles de Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport, is the French capital’s main airport.

Other airport-related projects published on Dezeen include the cozy conversion of an airport in Colorado, USA by Gensler and an airport containing the world’s tallest indoor waterfall by Safdie architects.

The images are published by Chzon studio

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