Schiphol Airport Masterplan Schiphol [NL]

Schiphol Airport is one of the hubs of international air travel and transport and one of the key drivers of the Dutch economy. As a logical consequence the airport holds the potential to expand its own air and ground activity around it and to provide an environment that attracts other businesses and leisure uses.

The Schiphol Masterplan evaluates different development directions to shape a vision for the future and come up with a framework that informs decision- and policy making. To achieve this goal, the structure plan has to anticipate and resolve the infrastructural challenges of operation, the future growth of the airport, as well as propose the tools to integrate the airport with its surrounding in a better way, towards the formation of an ‘Airport City’ with a richer mix of uses and a better integration of its composing parts.

The strengthening and the expansion of the ‘Airport Corridor’, a development zone between airport and the city of Amsterdam, are key ambitions of the structure plan. This vision, in which Schiphol is considered as an ensemble of sub-areas comparable with a ‘zen garden’ with stones, produces an effective instrument to establish a spatial coherence of Schiphol. The urban model of the zen garden creates a very clear and organized spatial framework for the development of Schiphol, while at the same time a flexibility is maintained that can react to unforeseen circumstances without the loss of orientation and spatial quality.



Client Schiphol Airport Development, Schiphol
Program Masterplan for Schiphol Airport area, integral development strategy for Schiphol Centre, supervision of all architectural and urban developments on the airport
Time 2009 - 2011 (masterplan); 2008 - 2013 (supervision)
Role Masterplanner and supervisor 
Participating parties Schiphol Airport Development; Schiphol Real Estate; Benthem Crouwel (development strategy for Schiphol Centre)