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AIRPORT DESIGN Last modified on November 23, 2017

Double dutch

Airport World turns the spotlight on two development projects at Amsterdam Schiphol – its planned new Terminal 2 and recently re-opened Holland Boulevard.

Amsterdam Schiphol has chosen the design of KAAN Architecten for its planned new terminal. The new terminal will open in 2023 and will allow 14 million more passengers to travel through Schiphol annually.

The new terminal is an expansion of Schiphol’s existing terminal, making it possible to retain the one terminal concept.

The consortium’s innovative thinker is Arnout Meijer Studio from the Netherlands.

According to Schiphol, the expansion is required in order to strengthen its competitive position, keep pace with the growth in aviation, and continue to enhance the position of ‘Europe’s preferred airport’ among both airlines and passengers.

Amsterdam Schiphol CEO, Jos Nijhuis, says: “This design suits the Schiphol DNA. That was the main reason why the jury decided to go with it.

“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 allows Schiphol to ensure that all the facilities are under one roof.

The last time that Schiphol permanently expanded the terminal was in 1993, when the current Departure Halls 3 and 4 and Arrival Halls 3 and 4 were built.

Holland Boulevard

These are busy times for the Dutch gateway, which in early September opened its new-look Holland Boulevard, providing visitors with an even more impressive snapshot of Dutch culture.

According to the airport, the new-look boulevard – the public area between Departure Lounges 2 and 3 – has been developed “to meet the needs of passengers wishing to step out of the travel process for a while”.

The airport insists that the new transparent design gives visitors a clearer view of the entire area and its offerings.

“Large areas of glass and low walls create a fresh, open feel. Passengers can spend time with friends and family, enjoy a spa treatment and work or shop in comfort in this area,” it says.

“A traveller wanting to read can visit the new Airport Library, with around 500 books by well-known Dutch authors, translated into more than 40 languages as a literary calling card for foreign travellers.

“In addition to its books, the Airport Library has touchscreens showing the best of Dutch culture.”

It adds that the renovated Rijksmuseum annex also gives the traveller the perfect place to relax and unwind. The current exhibition introduces visitors to 17th-century Dutch painting.

“It is a varied overview, with portrait, still life, landscape and seascape as genres,” promises Amsterdam Schiphol.

The selection consists of a Delft Blue tiled tableau and ten paintings representing typical Dutch narrative themes from the Golden Age, such as flat lowlands, water and sea, floral magnificence and wealthy citizens.

Elsewhere, other works of art include ‘10,800 Horizons’ by Samira Boon, which pays reference to the region’s polder landscape as well as the “floral magnificence of the House of Tulips shop”.

Amsterdam Schiphol believes that The NEMO Science Museum challenges everyone, young and old, to discover how fascinating and relevant science and technology are. Two gigantic cuddly toys, designed by artist Florentijn Hofman, are among its exhibits.

Tanja Dik, Schiphol’s director of consumer products and services, says: “Holland Boulevard is a place for you to stretch your legs after a flight, go wandering amongst the Dutch masters, curl up with a good book on a comfortable settee, enjoy a fellow passenger’s piano playing or to enjoy attractive shops and restaurants.”

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