New lounge at Helsinki Airport wants travellers to feel at home

In Helsinki Airport’s newest lounge, visitors can wear woollen socks and read books on a vintage sofa. Counterbalancing the often sterile and pompous airport lounges, it is a cosy place whose furniture and atmosphere aim to bring to mind a Finnish home. The idea behind the lounge is to provide a homey rest stop for hurried passengers, tapping into the so-called “being space” trend, as coined by trendwatching.com.

Kitchen, book corner, woollen socks
Operated by airport restaurateur SSP Finland, The Almost@home lounge has been decorated with original artwork, handicraft, furniture and household items by renowned Finnish designers such as Wirkkala vases, Artek ‘2nd Cycle’ chairs, iitala table and glassware, and a kitchen by Avestia.

The heart of the lounge is a fully equipped kitchen and dining area with a variety of fresh food, drinks, snacks, and bakery products where travellers can make their own snacks. In the living room passengers can watch TV or sit on a sofa in the book corner and pick up a book from one of the book shelves to read and borrow a pair of comfortable woollen socks at the reception.

Other amenities include a long dining room area with ‘Club Med’ style joined tables, working stations with HP computers, a gaming zone equipped with PS3, an LCD screen and 2 ‘Fat Boy’ sofas, and bathrooms and showers. Visitors have access to work space where their privacy is guaranteed. It is also possible to book a meeting room in the lounge. There is a room for families and a play and games corner for children.

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Another innovative feature of the lounge is the possibility for guests to purchase any article or furnishing found in the lounge that takes their fancy, making it a ‘tryvertising’ space for home decoration. Besides artwork and furniture for sale, other brands visibly present include JP Cheney wine and a tea corner developed in cooperation with Unilever’s Lipton tea.

The Almost@home Lounge has room for 73 guests and is located in Helsinki Vantaa’s long-haul flights area. The lounge is open between 06.30 and 23:30 and is available to frequent flyers of a dozen participating airlines, while for EUR45 other passengers can stay in the lounge for 3-hours.

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