KCAP De Bever realise terminal extension and hotel at Eindhoven Airport

The extension of the terminal of Eindhoven Airport and the new hotel Tulip Inn Eindhoven Airport, both designed by KCAP Architects&Planners and De Bever Architecten, are officially opened today. KCAP and De Bever together with NACO as the 'Constellation' were also responsible for the first terminal built in 2005. The extension consists of a new 2.000 m2 entrance zone with additional retail, bars and restaurants on the ground floor, a 2.700 m2 extension of the arrival hall and 2.700 m2 of offices on the first floor. The 8 storey hotel offers 120 hotel rooms, a bar, breakfast space and fitness facilities; a restaurant and meeting rooms are offered within the terminal building.

'With the realisation of the extension and the hotel, the terminal will be able to facilitate the increasing passenger growth until 2020. We expect by then around 5 million passengers,' says Joost Meijs, General Director Eindhoven Airport. In 2012, Eindhoven Airport closed with a record of almost 3 million passengers. After realisation of the new terminal in 2005 approximately 1 million passengers have been processed in that year.

The possibility of an extension was already part of the original design. A growth model has been developed in which separate building elements can be realised independent of each other, such as the extension of the terminal, the entrance area and the hotel. 'The growth model is part of our urban development vision for Eindhoven Airport to transform into a hub for mobility and business activity and offers the necessary flexibility to react to future developments,' says Kees Christiaanse, founder of KCAP.

'Like the first terminal building the extension and the new hotel are characterised by functionality and transparency. In form and material they clearly refer to the techniques and dynamics of aviation industry,' says Stefan de Bever, partner of De Bever Architecten. The terminal has been extended an additional 65 m as a succession of the curved roof, the V-columns and the facade of steel, glass and aluminium. The entrance zone has been extended and offers both commercial facilities and space for the hotel lobby with a reception desk and access to lifts and stairs.

The hotel is a solitary building on top of the departure hall. The construction, including the concrete facade, rests entirely on two cores and two wall disks. The exterior is clad with metal facade elements. The form and position of the hotel create an orientation point and a symbolic character for the new ensemble of Eindhoven Airport while retaining existing qualities such as easy orientation and clear logistics.

The construction activities started at the end of 2011 and have been executed within the entirely operational airport.