Adjacent to the frenetic Gate 65 in the North West concourse at Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific’s refurbished business class lounge – The Pier – is an oasis of elegance and charm in the bustling airport.

Designed by London-based designer and founder of Studioilse, Ilse Crawford, the space draws inspiration from Hong Kong’s street scene with a luxury touch.

The new lounge occupies a space of 3,306 square metres – approximately 1,000 square metres larger than the previous lounge – and is now the largest among all Cathay Pacific lounges, with seating for 550 people.

The lounge experience starts from the street which is divided into “fast” and “slow” lanes.

Entering the fast lane, passengers will find an array of food and beverage offerings. Among the various dining options are The Food Hall, a vibrant space with self-service kiosks and a coffee cart, with a design inspired by street food carts found around Asia, offering freshly brewed coffee prepared by professional baristas.

Next to Food Hall is The Noodle Bar – an iconic feature of Cathay Pacific’s lounges with signature Asian style noodles such as Dan Dan and Wonton noodles on the menu.

The slow lane features extensive lounge seating with views out of the big glass windows and glazed timber screens. The space is anchored by Cathay Pacific’s bespoke Solo Chairs, each equipped with a built-in reading lamp and an individual side table for those looking for a quiet space to enjoy the view over the airport runway and beyond, or to catch up on their work.

The lounge stages a new feature – Tea House – a quiet space which marks the transition into the wellbeing area. A wide selection of teas is served by a tea specialist, allowing passengers to relax with a soothing drink after a shower or before returning to the buzz of the airport. 

Fourteen shower suites and a relaxation room, featuring low upholstered loungers and footstools, form the wellbeing area at the end of the lounge, offering passengers a calm and stress-free environment in which to freshen up and wind down. 

Echoing Cathay Pacific’s brand ethos to focus on warmth and simplicity, the lounge makes use of high-quality natural materials to give a sense of generosity and permanence to the space.

Warm, tactile and timeless materials such as limestone and cherry wood are used in the refurbishment; acoustics are softened where possible and a considered approach has been adopted in the lighting.

An abundance of natural plant-life adds a more natural and healthier look, while the airline’s support for Hong Kong artists is highlighted through the extensive use of local artworks.