KAAN Architecten Designs Glassy New Terminal for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol


© Filippo Bolognese

© Filippo Bolognese

Netherlands-based architectural firm KAAN Architecten, in partnership with ABT, Estudio Lamela and Ineco has been selected to design the new Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Terminal, with the help of Arnout Meijer Studio, DGMR and Planeground. Soon to be located south of Schiphol Plaza, at Jan Dellaert Plein, the new 100,500-square-metre terminal will implement futuristic and sustainable design trends.

KAAN Architecten’s terminal design takes into account functionality and urban integration through architectural clarity and spatial openness. The new terminal will account for 14 million passengers, in addition to the 50 million the existing airport currently welcomes per year. Proximity to the plaza, train, and the potential for future expansions were the fundamental drivers for the spatial organization and facade design by KAAN.

“The most inspiring architectural and planning DNA at Schiphol is that of De Weger and Duintjer’s 1967 Departures Hall, with interior design by Kho Liang Ie Associates, which is characterized by abundant daylight, simplicity of space, and an impressive spatiality,” the design team says.

The existing Schiphol Airport began as a military airbase nearly 100 years ago. However, now that it operates as an international airport, connectivity and urban integration are top design priorities.

The use of glass will give passengers a clear understanding of their surroundings in and outside the terminal. A raised plateau in the heart of the building will house check-in and baggage claim. When passengers arrive at check-in, they will enter this high-ceiling space with panoramic views of the entrance hall complemented by overhead latticework that will encase the Dutch sky. Departing passengers will utilize the prominent reception hall that overlaps the raised plateau. Wood flooring and greenery placed under light wells will reveal the designs sustainable attributes.

The design team strived for serenity, unity, and the building blocks for future extensions by utilizing structural modularity and a repetitive rhythm. Columns in the facade and facility areas support the 180-by-150 meter roof, which defines the design with its overhangs and black eaves.

The new terminal is scheduled to be completed by 2023.

News via KAAN Architecten.

  • Architects: Estudio Lamela, KAAN Architecten
  • Location: Evert van de Beekstraat 202, 1118 CP Schiphol, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: José Alberto Sánchez, Andreas Alevras, Paul Beck, Paul van Bergen, Miguel de Bernardo Atienza, Roberto Calonge, Maicol Cardelli, Alice Colombo, Jana Culek, Sebastian van Damme, Marta Dyjaczynska, Paolo Faleschini, Di Fang, Ernesto de la Fuente, María García, Jesper Goorden, Jesus Hernandez, José Julián Horcajo, Cristina Jurado López, Kees Kaan, Carlos Lamela, Carlos Lobato, Rodrigo López Agudo, Arnout Meijer, Endri Metaj, Hana Mohar, Alberto Ortiz Quevedo, Vincent Panhuysen, Marco van der Ploeg, Julio Resino, Dikkie Scipio, Roberto Serrano, Christian Sluijmer, Hrvoje Smidihen, Walter Spangenberg, Johan Steenvoorden, Claudia Vermeulen, Mieke Vink, Jaap Wiedenhoff
  • Client: SNBV (Schiphol Nederland B.V.)
  • Area: 100500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017

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