Airport Architecture 2018: the best airports in the world

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol


Image: © Jannes Linders

Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Originally built in the 1960s, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has seen a fair few additions and redesigns in its time – all thanks to Benthem Crouwel Architects, who have been overseeing the redevelopments since the 1980s. The large, grey structure was designed with passengers in mind; it was made to be easily navigable, and the broad corridors with glass walls let travellers see their airplanes from across the room.


Image: © Jannes Linders

Despite the fact that the airport has undergone a fair few expansions, all the gates are still technically under one roof. It uses a branch-like gate system that extends from the central terminal and gathers the planes around it. The airport has also grown to include a library, indoor children’s park, and even a branch of Amsterdam’s national museum, the Rijksmuseum, which – you guessed it - was designed by Benthem Crouwel.

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