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Taking care of business

21/02/2014 SALLY WEBB
Singapore SilverKris Lounge, at Sydney airport © Taking care of business Singapore SilverKris Lounge, at Sydney airport

The only problem with Singapore Airlines' new SilverKris lounge at Sydney airport is guests might never want to leave.

Singapore-based designers ONG&ONG have created a "home away from home" feeling for the new concept lounge, the first in a worldwide rollout that will see lounges in 15 cities upgraded during the next five years.

Admittedly, the home in question is a rather stylish one, with throne-like winged armchairs, and a collection of artworks by Australian and Singaporean contemporary artists that wouldn't look out of place in the poshest Toorak mansion.

A bespoke batik screen in the foyer resembles the fabric design of the cabin crew.

Divided into zones for business and first-class passengers, each area has productivity pods where you can work on your laptop or recharge your phone in quiet comfort.

Each zone also has a "living room", "kitchen" and "dining room" where you fuel up on Singaporean dishes such as laksa and mee siam before you fly.

But, as with most Sydney property, Singapore Airlines' new home will be out of reach for many. Only customers travelling in suites, first class and business class, or qualified KrisFlyer frequent flyers and Star Alliance Gold members travelling in economy, get access to the SilverKris lounge. So if you usually turn right rather than left as you board the aircraft, this home is probably out of reach.

Singapore SilverKris Lounge at Sydney airport © Taking care of business Singapore SilverKris Lounge at Sydney airport
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