Admirals Club at DCA

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Private Club
  • Company/Firm
    Dmac Architecture & Interiors
  • Lead Designer
    Dwayne MacEwen
  • Other Designer(s)
    Kavitha Marudadu, Zachary Klaas
  • Architect
    Dmac Architecture & Interiors
  • Interior Designer
    Dmac Architecture & Interiors
  • Photo Credit
    Anthony Tahlier
  • Location
    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Arlington, VA
  • Project Date
    October 2022
  • Developer
    American Airlines

The new 14,000 square-foot American Airlines (AA) Admirals Club at Washington National Airport (DCA) is the first iteration of a new design narrative in service of a bespoke hospitality guest experience. Conceived as a series of Pavilions–like a park, piazza or square–the new concept is the repose to airport stress. Organized around primary spaces–Lounge Pavilion, Dining Pavilion and InBetween Lounge–each has its own identity with visual signifiers, yet all are related in material palette, furnishings and details, delivering design cohesion and brand connection.

The new concept builds in opportunities to customize for the location and guest population. For DCA where many travelers are dignitaries, a VIP Room was created and inspired by The Library of Congress. Throughout, many design features also fold in stories of aviation and American Airlines. These references can be seen engraved in the stone reception desk or hinted at in the AA-red floor stripe, blue hues in the carpet, decorative screens, accent tables and light frames. No matter where guests are, the experience is customized to needs and preferences woven with thoughtful details, brand features and hidden surprises.

DMAC Architecture & Interiors is known for its creative and innovative architecture, interiors, product and furniture design. DMAC artfully merges client vision with user experience by crafting everything from the master plan to custom features that create a sense of place in which discovery and storytelling are embedded in the design ethos. With hospitality at the heart of the practice, DMAC's award-winning work transcends a wide range of scales and typologies including: lifestyle clubs, hotels, casinos, restaurants, spas and luxury residential.

Other prizes
Interior Design |2021 Best of Year Finalist |Hatch Dispensary Shop! Award |2021 Dispensaries |Hatch Dispensary Chicago Building Congress |2019 Merit Award Finalist |Greenwood American Kitchen & Bar Covet International |2018 Hospitality |Hotel at Midtown Frame Award |2018 Health Club of the Year |Midtown Athletic Club Interior Design |2018 Fitness |Midtown Athletic Club Architecture MasterPrize |2018 Hospitality |Midtown Athletic Club AIA Design Excellence |2018 Interior Architecture |Midtown Athletic Club AIA Design Excellence |2018 Divine Detail |Midtown Athletic Club AIA Design Excellence |2013 Interior Architecture |Anthony Cristiano Salon