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British Airways Lounge at SF International Airport

Mar 4, 2020

British Airways Lounge at San Francisco Airport

Design: William Duff Architects

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

British Airways Lounge, San Francisco International Airport

British Airways Lounge SF International Airport

WDA | William Duff Architects builds on its portfolio of projects at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) with dining and lounge amenities for clients that range from one of the travel industry’s most iconic brands, British Airways, and espresso innovator, illycaffé, to San Francisco Bay Area home-grown businesses like Amy’s Drive Thru and San Francisco’s oldest continuously operating company, Boudin Bakery.

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Since WDA began working at SFO nearly 15 years ago–mainly for DFS North America and its roster of luxury brands such as Gucci, Hermes, Burberry, Coach and DFS Galleria–founder William S. Duff, Jr., retail practice head Jonathan Tsurui and the WDA team have worked on projects totaling more than 60,000 square feet across all four terminals with more than half of that total at the international terminal.

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“Our role is to help our clients create backdrops for the ever-changing needs and expectations their customers have for passenger experience, from pre-security to post-security and beyond,” says William Duff. He adds, “If the terminals are the architecture equivalent of long-haul flights in terms of longevity and life cycle, then the airport amenities we build-out inside the terminals are the interior design equivalent of short-haul flights in terms of project schedule and project life span.”

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On average, project schedules are fast-paced, running from a few months to a year, while project life spans can range from 10-15 years, depending on the client and type of amenities. Having overseen WDA projects at SFO for nearly a decade, Mr. Tsurui navigates well the challenges presented by working at SFO, from maximizing limited real estate available for passenger amenities to designing around existing building conditions and complex building systems, to ensuring timely project completion.

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Beyond that, Mr. Tsurui appreciates the value WDA clients place on passenger experience, and his role in making that happen. He explains, “Being at an airport the scale of SFO can be conflicting for many people because the passenger experience can be both exhausting and exciting. But if we do our job well, the more than 57 million customers served annually at SFO won’t even notice our work. They’ll just be pleasantly surprised.”

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What’s Next for Airport Amenities?
WDA’s retail practice head, Jonathan Tsurui, breaks down 3 trends

British Airways Lounge SF International Airport

Social media – Other project types like hospitality and residential will continue to influence passengers’ expectations of airport experiences from both aesthetic and functional standpoints, such as access to power. Plus, the influence of retail on creating “social media moments” will keep architects and interior designers on our toes.

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Spotlight on local – SFO set a high bar and a good precedent for celebrating a city’s cuisine scene by literally creating a distinctive, only in San Francisco flavor for the facility. As a result, Oakland International Airport (OAK) is stepping up their amenities game by tapping local food purveyors. In fact, WDA is working on nearly 4,000 square feet of such projects at OAK.

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Sustainability – This relates specifically to health and wellness, namely materials selection, energy consumption and air quality. Cost is still a barrier for many brands, but I predict that customers will lead the charge.

British Airways Lounge SF International Airport

Architects: William Duff Architects

British Airways Lounge SF International Airport

All photos © Eric Rorer Photography

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