With the redesign of Lounge 1, an area of 24,000 square meters has a new, clearer layout that enables travelers to find their way around better. In addition, there is around 5,000 square meters of additional space that will be used by travelers and for new gastronomy and retail facilities – 23 new concepts around the two central squares of the lounge. The number of dining options will also be increased on the top floor of Lounge 1 (Food Court).
Passenger-oriented and sustainable design
The new design focuses on the passenger and their experience. The lounge is divided into three areas, each with their own unique look and feel, but creating a natural unity through colour, layout and materials. The result will be that passengers will find their way around even better.
Another focus is on sustainability and circularity. During the refurbishment, more than 90% of the materials are recycled and energy-intensive systems are replaced with more economical ones. Reused materials will be as sustainable as possible. The ceiling is made from sustainable and recyclable aluminum and, if required, recyclable ceiling panels. Floor tiles are made from residual materials such as marble, granite and quartz, furniture upholstery from leather industry waste and wooden walls from sustainable bamboo. All of this helps Schiphol in its ambition to become a zero-waste airport by 2030.
The refurbishment will take place in phases
The construction consortium Spie en Equans (ESAP) is carrying out the renovation. Both companies have previously carried out construction work at the airport. In the coming months, ESAP will carry out preparatory works and the refurbishment will start in 2023. Lounge 1 will remain accessible to travelers throughout the project. And disruption to travelers is kept to a minimum as some of the work takes place at night. In addition, the work will be divided into several consecutive phases so that airlines, passengers and employees are disturbed as little as possible.