Kees Christiaanse supervisor Schiphol Airport 2008 – 2013

Kees Christiaanse is looking back on five years supervision for Schiphol Airport. In 2008, he was appointed as the supervisor for architecture and urban design, succeeding Prof. Hubert-Jan Henket. In this function he was responsible for the overall design quality of the developments of Schiphol Airport ranging from urban design and public space to architecture and interior design.

As a supervisor for Schiphol Airport, Kees Christiaanse contributed to the urban development vision of the airport area. He supervised the production of masterplans for Schiphol’s five development areas and consolidated the relationship with the surrounding municipalities. He participated in the selection of architects for Schiphol’s architectural projects and coached architects and interior designers in the elaboration of projects. He worked closely together with Maurits Schaafsma, urban planner at Schiphol Group, the terminal architect Jan Benthem (Benthem Crouwel Architects) and the landscape architect Adriaan Geuze (West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture).

Kees Christiaanse has built up considerable experience in airport developments in the last decade. He is responsible for the urbanistic and architectural design of the terminal and hotel of Eindhoven Airport. He designed studies for Linate Milan and Zürich Airport; and for Schiphol Airport, KCAP worked on the new parking concept Transfer City, the office building ‘the Comet’ and the competition for Martin Air headquarters. Recently, KCAP received the commission to design the Geneva airport region and the airport city of Dublin Airport.

In the field of research, Kees Christiaanse investigates the urbanisation patterns of international airport regions within the platform ‘Airports and Cities’, which he founded 2010 within the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich, in collaboration with TU Munich and TU Delft.

‘What is crucial for the development of airports is flexibility, the possibility for expansion and avoiding that greater interventions effect one another,’ says Kees Christiaanse. ‘This creates the need for clear structural visions and masterplans and for open development frameworks.’