The new Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol opened to the public today. Designed by Mecanoo, its iconic cubic mould structure, diamond-shaped windows and spacious atrium featuring a 42-metre high glazed roof make the building an impressive landmark.
The diagonal pattern of the hotel exterior serves to emphasise the iconic appearance of the building. The hotel acts as the final chord of the staccato rhythm of the building volumes along Schiphol Boulevard. Project architect Ellen van der Wall explains: “From its plinth, the hotel is rotated by 45 degrees. This gives the building not only momentum, but creates also a visual connection to both Schiphol Boulevard and the Ceintuurbaan.”
The large atrium with a 42-metre high glazed roof is the main meeting area and forms the heart of the hotel. Ellen van der Wal: “We designed the atrium to have a strong identity. Its size, the indoor gardens and the light horizontal lines of the white balustrades that reflect daylight deep into the building provide an air of grandeur. From the smoothly winding galleries, guests have spectacular views of the atrium.”
The hotel with 433 rooms and 1,700 square metres of meeting and event space will be the airport’s leading conference venue. The ballroom and a total of 23 board rooms and meeting rooms are located over the first and second floors of the hotel. The surrounding areas to welcome guests, meet and convene are all connected to the atrium.