Vox Architects Forgoes the Ceiling for a Russian Airport Lounge

Metallic paint across the walls lighten up monochromatic custom chairs and poufs by Sixinch. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

The Platov Airport was built in 2018 to serve Russia’s southern capital, the industrial and cultural center of Rostov-on-Don. When it came time to carve out amenities within the hub’s vast 538,000 square feet, the sky was the limit for Moscow-based Vox Architects—somewhat literally—as the business lounge space would not have ceilings, but instead be flooded with light from the structure’s distant glass roof.

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Smile created the luminous reception desk out of Corian, which sits in front of green partitions concealing the restrooms. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.



To keep things grounded, Vox’s leader and main architect Boris Voskoboynikov looked to the horizon. “A metal profile, located at the eye level of a standing person, draws a graphic line along the partitions around the perimeter,” he says. This horizontal detail organizes the finishes used: dark marbled surfaces or tiles below, lighter metallic tones above, separated by integrated linear lamping that casts a sky-blue light.

A polycarbonate circle with mirror PVC film by Ultra Solar Block on a custom cellular polycarbonate screen draws attention to a seating area, with Profim tables and chairs and Nora rubber flooring. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

A blue mirror “sun” creates depth of space in open seating areas carved out by metal frames, which variously enclose glowing reception and café services. “The idea was to make the space ephemeral and dissolved,” Voskoboynikov says, creating moments of peace for travelers themselves temporarily between destinations.

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Smile also fabricated a café stand from Corian, set within a metal frame and polycarbonate walls. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

Marbled floor tiles by Flaviker contrast with minimalist tables and chairs by Profim. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

Sixinch custom built the rows of sofas with integrated tables and power sources. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

The dramatic black Corian counters are by Smile, with Roca Laufen sinks and fittings. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

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