Cooley Monato Studio
Emily Monato & Andressa Lopes
Snohomish County, Washington, United States
From the start the owner of this new Seattle-area airport terminal, requested that its design should “bring back the joy of flying”. By evoking an executive lounge atmosphere from ticketing through baggage claim, this relaxed environment offers a welcomed change of pace for the weary traveler. To enhance the warmth of the natural wood, stone, and leather finishes, dimmable warm color temperature LED light sources are integrated within several architectural lighting details and decorative lighting fixtures combining metal, wood, fabric and cast glass. Wall textures are highlighted by grazing lights that spill onto high ceilings for a luminous yet glare-free environment. Column and floor mounted uplights reveal the wood or gypsum finishes at ceiling canopies and entries. In the main waiting area, a massive 21'-long custom decorative chandelier serves as a visual focal point and hiding place for additional ceiling uplights. At the exterior façade bronze solar shading louvers become a decorative feature with uplight from an integrated linear grazer. Careful mock-ups helped to determine the graduated distances between the louvers and grazer for an optimal but glare-free effect.