The Spanish-Dutch consortium KL AIR, formed by the architects Kaan and Lamela and the engineering companies ABT and Ineco, won the international tender in 2017 to design the new terminal at the Amsterdam-Schiphol airport, beating other firms of outstanding prestige in the final phase.
The future terminal, with a surface area of approximately 100,500 m2, built with a capacity for up to 14 million passengers, will be located next to terminals 1, 2 and 3, to the south of the Schiphol Plaza. It is expected that the works will be finished in 2023. The spatial distribution of the new terminal, its design and the treatment of its façades seek integration with Schiphol Plaza, the railway station and other possible future expansions. This will be possible due to the clarity of the architecture and the wide scope of the proposal.
One of the fundamental aspects of the design of the new terminal is its urban integration with the rest of the airport, which will guarantee a perfect connection between the new and the existing. Inside the building, the overlapping of passenger flows at different levels will make it possible to distinguish perfectly the departure hall and the luggage collection area on the ground floor. On the other hand, the access roads to the terminal will be integrated urban elements that will contribute to keeping Schiphol a “compact city”.
The new large-scale terminal will offer travellers different scenarios in an environment full of natural light. The subtle design proposed will contribute to the use of the intuitive spaces without reducing its functionality.
The façades will be formed by large glass elements that will allow the views of the vibrant activity of the airport, as well as the open sky over the Dutch landscape. The sustainability of the design will be evident in the different materials used and the abundant vegetation on the large patios.