Zuster teamed with the Little group and COX Architecture to fully furnish the extensive Melbourne Jet Base. Situated at Melbourne International Airport Tullamarine, the facility boasts 24 hr access to full length runways, two expansive hangars with ancillary ground support spaces, in house customs and immigration screening, generous pilot support areas, function spaces and high-end guest facilities more akin to the World’s finest luxury hotel lobbies.
The Little Group’s brief to Zuster was ‘to create a uniquely Melbourne, Australian design feel’ to the project. The collaboration involved a twelve-month design, prototype and manufacturing process with completion in September 2018. Design on every individual furniture item was led by design director Wilhelmina McCarroll and project management, managing director Fleur Sibbel.
“Melbourne Jet Base is once in a lifetime project and we are so proud to be part of it. The brief, to create a uniquely ‘Melbourne’ design feel, speaks directly to our Zuster DNA and throughout the project, Little predominately wanted Zuster’s signature pieces to be included. We were so honoured to have deigned and manufacture the pieces for this project in Melbourne."
In a city rich with a wide range of international sporting and entertainment events, cultural attractions and a lifestyle that is the envy of cities worldwide, the addition of a purpose built private Jet terminal designed to be the best of its type in the world represents a bold new step as Melbourne seeks to regain its mantle as the most livable city in the world. Melbourne Jet Base redefines the entry and departure experience for high net worth individuals, foreign dignitaries, celebrities and sports stars who demand level of service, security and privacy well beyond what is available in a commercial airline terminal. Melbourne Jet Base’s architectural expression is defined by its elegant and iconic wing form, articulated using aviation inspired materiality and a play on the poetic tension of earth and sky. Conversely, the warm interior spaces embrace a uniquely Australian palette of materials, textures and colours, designed to both calm and comfort those in transit.
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