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Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport selects architect for new terminal

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has chosen KAAN Architecten’s design for its new terminal. The terminal will be an expansion of Schiphol’s existing terminal, which makes it possible to retain its one terminal concept.

KL AIR, consisting of KAAN Architecten, Estudio Lamela, ABT and Ineco, with the support of Arnout Meijer Studio, DGMR and Planeground, has won the commission.

The expansion is required to strengthen the competitive position of Schiphol, keep up with the pace of growth in aviation, and to continue to enhance the customer experience. The new terminal will open in 2023 and will allow 14 million more passengers to travel through Schiphol annually.

Jos Nijhuis, CEO at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, said, “This design suits the Schiphol DNA. That was the main reason why the jury decided to choose this design. The design solution contributes to excellent processing, it provides optimal support to passengers, contributes to our sustainability ambitions and is future-proof. We are looking forward to welcoming airlines and passengers in the new terminal and adjacent new pier.”

The new terminal will form an expansion of Schiphol’s existing terminal and will adjoin Departure Hall 1 and Arrival Hall 1. Keeping the buildings together ensures that all facilities are under one roof, as desired.

A representative from KAAN Architecten commented, “The most inspiring architectural and planning DNA at Schiphol for our design team is that of the 1967 Departures Hall, DNA which is characterized by abundant daylight, simplicity of space and a substantial spatiality. It is particularly striking that materials and construction are so minimally conspicuous.

“The repetitions that define the space – the row of columns, the information panels, the ticket kiosks, the façade ribs, the ceiling lamps – all contribute to a calming rhythm. This is the true essence of Schiphol’s DNA: functionality is a priority – an exacting rather than bare functionality – it is exacting in how the functionality embeds comfort, daily ease of use and a suitability of purpose. This leads to a natural simplicity.”

Written by Kirstie Pickering

September 14, 2017





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