Last week I shared photos of the new North Terminal at the Salt Lake International Airport that introduces greater convenience and comfort to the public aviation experience. This week, my photos take you to the Provo Airport and a private hangar for experiencing a very different type of flying. AMB Design (Anne-Marie Barton) transformed a very basic building into a beautiful space that functions for waiting for the next flight, refreshing between flights, an office for catching up on business, and a conference space. Attached like a garage to a home is the hangar for a private jet. L&T Construction (Tom Bankhead, Orem) built the project.
Through the paired windows on the left, you can see into the plane’s spotless hangar and view the jet that, to my disappointment, was elsewhere when I made the photos. The room is a perfect place to hang out. (I tried to fight the pun but couldn’t stop myself). The sectionals make it an easy place to stretch out and catch some rest and relax with the TV before the next flight of the day. AMB’s signature of subtle color variations, interesting textures, and natural materials in the furnishings and accents can be seen throughout, as does the comfort of the furniture.
I am fascinated by how the design handles the soaring area and basic materials of the hangar structure in the transformation to create areas with a lowered ceiling that feel more intimate and are more easily lit. Looking out from near the entry, you can see the lowered ceiling over the lounge space in the previous shot and the kitchen to the left of the lounge. By the entry is an atrium space. The floating-tread stairway pierces the next level.
In this photo with the glass entry in the right foreground, you can see another solution to the high ceilings. Here AMB Design creates a lowered scale with the middle beam and the low painting. The Scandinavian fireplace is suspended from the ceiling to end just above the floor and the hanging pendants fill the space visually and lower the light to illuminate sufficiently for reading. Rugs with long, fur-like fibers soften the feel of the other hard surfaces.
Two partial walls, one with glass, subtly partition the kitchen. It primarily serves as a source of refreshments and easy to prepare snacks and meals, but the appliances and workspace are adequate for caterers to prepare meals for a large meeting or conference.
It’s hard to resist taking a detail photo when the design merges materials as well as this kitchen corner shelf.
The other end of the main floor provides for more privacy away from the main social space. Here is a private office sufficient in size for a private meeting and furnished for relaxing.
Adjacent is a powder room where bronze warms the gray stone.
At the turn of the stairway is an art installation with lights. The transparency of the stairway design allows the piece to be seen from both levels of the hangar.
Upstairs is additional lounge and informal meeting space that I suspect is intended also for the plane’s crew.
It makes so much sense to have a conference room at the airport. It saves the time for visitors to drive into town and to an office. The hangar improvements offer every convenience for refreshing before a meeting, including showers.
The private Provo hangar is a fascinating project to photograph because it combines the skills I use in industrial assignments with those I use with residences, as well as offices. For me, anything involving airplanes is interesting, and photographing this hangar is just about as good as a day at work gets.