Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has chosen the design of the consortium KL AIR for their new terminal. The consortium represents KAAN Architecten in collaboration with ABT, Estudio Lamela and Ineco. 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.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis: “The design provides a sense of unity by fully integrating into the existing airport. It follows very human-centric principles that fit within our one-terminal concept. The terminal will have an ease and simplicity of space. From our perspective, all of these elements combine to fit within Schiphol’s DNA. It is practical, functional and graceful.”
KAAN Architecten: “The most inspiring architectural and planning DNA at Schiphol for our design team is that of the 1967 Departures Hall. DNA which is characterised 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 defines 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.”
One terminal concept
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 retain the one terminal concept, and 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.
Royal Schiphol Group is carrying out the expansion projects under the auspices of the project organisation known as the Capital Programme, which is able to coordinate and manage the various complex, large-scale projects in an optimal way. This is necessary, as the airport must continue to operate as it would normally during the construction and renovation work. The expansion also requires specific knowledge and experience. Schiphol has brought this expertise together in the Capital Programme.
Other design entries
Capital Programme director Bernardo Gogna on behalf of the jury: “We, at the Capital Programme, were overwhelmed by the craftsmanship, the passion and the quality shown by all the design teams. It was an honour to receive them and to be inspired by their designs. We would like to thank all the participating design teams sincerely for their incredible effort and dedication. We also want to thank them for their contribution to the debate on the future of Schiphol and on aviation terminals.”