Eindhoven Airport Eindhoven [NL]

The development vision for Eindhoven Airport provides for its expansion and elaboration into a hub for mobility and business activity, making the new terminal complex an important marketing instrument. The section already realized has an elongated ‘plaza’ with a floating roof, from which the various facilities can be reached. This concept is easy to expand, so that an ensemble can evolve over time. Its realization is to be phased in line with economic developments, and the old terminal building will eventually be demolished.

The new building stands next to the old terminal, between the approach route for road traffic and the airport’s runway. It is a light, transparent structure composed of three elements: a roadside entrance hall, a volume with facilities for passengers on the other side, and a floor above this with business and commercial facilities. The entrance hall is a spacious plaza with a cantilevered, continuous roof span. This provides a pleasant waiting space with check-in desks, an information counter, car rental companies and airline counters. The plaza provides access to the baggage handling, departures and arrivals hall on the ground floor, as well as to cafés and restaurants, offices and facilities for business meetings on the upper floor. Voids establish a visual link between visitors on the upper level and passengers on the ground level.

Client Eindhoven Airport BV, Eindhoven
Program 13.500 m² airport terminal including offices, restaurants, shops and meeting rooms
Time 2004 – 2005
Role Architect in coopertion with de bever architecten, Eindhoven and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants), The Hague
Participating parties M+R Interieurarchitecten, Eindhoven