Hilton Amsterdam

The giant cubic volume designed by Mecanoo, with its distinctive diagonal pattern and its diamond-shaped windows, is a new landmark in the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol area.

Mecanoo, Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
With its curved cubic structure, diamond-shaped windows and spacious atrium featuring a 42-metre high glazed roof, the new Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol hotel is an impressive landmark.
Located at the main access roads to the airport, the hotel acts as the final chord of the staccato rhythm of the buildings along Schiphol boulevard. From its plinth, the hotel is rotated by 45 degrees. This gives the building not only momentum, but also creates a visual connection to Schiphol Boulevard, the Ceintuurbaan and the adjoining office strip. A covered walkway, the Traverse, connects the hotel to the airport terminals.
Mecanoo, Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mecanoo, Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The distinctive diagonal pattern of the hotel exterior serves to emphasise the iconic appearance of the building. The combination of glass and composite panels in white and grey creates a large scale diamond pattern with subtle shine and relief, making the building recognisable from a substantial distance. At the same time, the facade pattern strengthens the unity of the three building volumes – the plinth, the guest room tower and the Traverse – while blurring the boundaries between the individual rooms and floors.

A welcoming atrium with a 42-metre high glazed roof is the main meeting area and forms the heart of the hotel. Mecanoo 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. Wooden slats, frames and lining create refinement and a natural, luxurious appearance. From the smoothly winding galleries, guests have spectacular views of the atrium. State-of-the-art acoustic measures bring a comfortable human scale to the impressive space. The atrium also plays an important role in the sustainability concept. To reduce energy consumption, the outside air is preconditioned in the atrium before being introduced into the guest rooms.

Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Program: hotel
Architects: Mecanoo
Client: Schiphol Hotel Property Company, the Netherlands
Project management: Schiphol Real Estate/CPO, the Netherlands
Hotel operator: Hilton Worldwide
Interior design: The Gallery HBA, London, United Kingdom
Structural engineer: ABT, Delft, the Netherlands
MEP/transport consultant: Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Rijswijk, the Netherlands
Sustainability/building physics/fire consultant: DGMR Raadgevende ingenieurs, Arnhem, the Netherlands
Cost consultant: BBN Adviseurs, Houten, the Netherlands
Contractor: Ballast Nedam Bouw & Ontwikkeling, the Netherlands
Area: 40,150 sqm
Completion: 2015

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