If there’s one trend that has proliferated in residential, marine, and aerospace design over the past few years, it’s the concept of bringing the outdoors inside. Larger windows, built-in transitional spaces, and colors and materials that create a natural feel mark the aesthetic. Greenpoint Technologies of Bothell, Washington provided an extreme take on motion with a concept it created for a Boeing Business Jet Max 8.
“Retreat” is based on recreating the feel of a luxury spa. It not only caught the attention of buyers but also awards committees. The concept is a finalist in the Society of British & International Design Awards and recently won an International Yacht & Aviation award.
“Retreat is an original interior from Greenpoint Design, and this award showcases the immense talent of our entire team,” said Annika Svore Wicklund, Design Director of Greenpoint. “Together, we have achieved a timeless, elegant interior outfitted with progressive technologies and world-class spa-inspired luxuries.”
Greenpoint has achieved the desired effect by retaining the high-tech conveniences air travelers expect in custom cabinetry that blends into the fluid design. Hard, shiny fixtures and surfaces with curved profiles and pod-shaped swivel chairs add to a space-age feel, but everything else in the space goes toward a sense of nature and relaxation.
The exterior walls are lined with organic LED monitors that project video of the destination or the views from high-definition cameras mounted outside the aircraft. The ceiling, made up of individual panels, has a high gloss metallic finish designed to mimic a flowing river.
Elsewhere, biophilia in the form of live plants and internally lit terrariums bring in earthy aromas and hints of green while softening the edges and warming the mood.
The design team also plans to use durable oak, tactile velvets and scalloped details. Organic greenery and soft LED lighting are diffused to promote a rejuvenating atmosphere.
The BBJ Max 8 has a cruising speed of 470 knots with a range of 6,555 miles. It also has 1,025 square feet of interior space. A large cabin, two bathrooms and two large seats are typical arrangements, and seating capacity can range from eight to 18. Pricing with an interior like Retreat would likely exceed $100 million.