Architects: KCAP Architects&Planners, De Bever Architecten
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Norbert van Onna
From the architect. In order to facilitate the increasing passenger growth of Eindhoven Airport the existing terminal building has been extended and a new hotel building has been added, both designed by KCAP Architects&Planners and De Bever Architecten. The same team realised in 2005, in cooperation with NACO as ‘Constellation’, the existing terminal building. The extension consists of a new 2.000 m2 entrance zone with additional retail, bars and restaurants on the ground floor, a 2.700 m2 extension of the arrival hall and 2.700 m2 of offices on the first floor. The 8 storey hotel offers 120 hotel rooms, a bar, breakfast space and fitness facilities; a restaurant and meeting rooms are offered within the terminal building.
The possibility of an extension was already part of the original design. A growth model has been developed in which separate building elements can be realised independent of each other, such as the extension of the terminal, the entrance area and the hotel. The growth model is part of the urban development vision for Eindhoven Airport to transform into a hub for mobility and business activity and offers the necessary flexibility to react to future developments.
Like the first terminal building the extension and the new hotel are characterised by functionality and transparency. In form and material they clearly refer to the techniques and dynamics of aviation industry. The terminal has been extended an additional 65 m as a succession of the curved roof, the V-columns and the facade of steel, glass and aluminium. The entrance zone has been extended and offers both commercial facilities and space for the hotel lobby with a reception desk and access to lifts and stairs.
The hotel is a solitary building on top of the departure hall. The construction, including the concrete facade, rests entirely on two cores and two wall disks. The exterior is clad with metal facade elements. The form and position of the hotel create an orientation point and a symbolic character for the new ensemble of Eindhoven Airport while retaining existing qualities such as easy orientation and clear logistics.
The construction activities started at the end of 2011 and have been executed within the entirely operational airport.
After realisation of the new terminal in 2005 approximately 1 million passengers have been processed in that year. In 2012, Eindhoven Airport closed with almost 3 million passengers. Until 2020 around 5 million passengers are expected.