A client went to Winch Design to ask for a design for a wide-body Boeing 787 or Dreamliner. He wants it to be “calm, clean, and modern”. so the designers’ team worked on what they called the Sky Residence project.
In an interview with Robb Report, Greig Jolly, an associate at Winch said “Part of the aim was to get away from the feeling that you’re on a plane”. “It’s comfortable, the kind of place you’ll want to spend time in, but it’s not home-like.”
The company started with eliminating bulkheads and dividers wherever possible to create a sense of space. “Rather than a sense of many small rooms, there’s a feeling of connected spaces”. “We used a lot of sliding doors, which can be left open, and transparent screens. From several places there are 60- or even 100-foot views down the cabin,” Jolly says.
As for the windows, Winch created a unique window aspect. With wide rectangular panels connected by silver mullions which could be invisible into the light.
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Jolly said, “The screening on the windows helps get away from the feeling you’re on a plane”. “It creates a continuous horizontal graphic that gives the sense of one big space instead of the individual ports you typically see.”
To keep the design “calm, clean” as the client wants, the team used natural materials, relaxing furniture, and warm tones. “There’s a lot of bleached timbers and stone that play on the ideas of light and space,” added Jolly. “There are root colors but it’s more about the textures than colors.”
Despite the client rejecting the design, the Sky Residence team liked what they had done. So they added it to the available concepts list and now the company waiting for the perfect match of their design.