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A New Vision for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Terminal A Design Competition
Amsterdam, Netherlands

HOK collaborated with UNStudio and Arup in an international competition to design the expansion of Schiphol Airport’s Terminal A. 

The team’s design proposal, which was one of four finalists, leverages technology and local culture to create the best airport processes and passenger experience for Schiphol Airport’s newest terminal. 

Schiphol revolutionized the idea of the “airport city,” setting the precedent for aviation hubs across the world. For this design competition our team’s trend analysis of passenger data demonstrated a clear shift from a dominant vehicular traffic model to an interconnected public transport model. The next step in this evolution thus was to create an intermodal airport city. To support this vision, the proposed design links the new Terminal A to existing public plazas and public transportation. 

By reimagining Schiphol’s center, the intermodal hub becomes a seamless part of the traveler’s journey. Easy connectivity enhances the passenger experience. Transparency, spatial simplicity, clear lines of sight and smooth movement flows all contribute to this concept. 

The terminal’s interior environment enhances the sensory experience of passengers while reflecting the cultural and physical identity of the Netherlands. The seemingly open, transparent ceiling emulates a clear sky and helps with passenger orientation. Controlled openings allow natural light to flood the terminal. Placing plants and interior landscapes in strategic locations helps guide passengers to their destinations. 

The plan organizes functional zones in clear, successive layers so passengers can flow smoothly through the airport. Maintaining equal floor heights, direct lines of sight and simple transitions between the existing and new terminal provides seamless connectivity between the two terminals.

1 million sq. ft. / 100,500 sq. m.

Interior Design