The new General Aviation (GA) Terminal at Schiphol Airport has been especially designed to offer optimum privacy to VIP travellers. GA is the international name for exclusive flights: private, business- and Royal flights. VIP air travel is characterised by luxury. The waiting hall is in close proximity to the plane thus avoiding queues and offering a sense of privacy.
On the landside the travellers are taken to the building via a drive- through, that way they are not bothered by rain, wind or cameras. On the airside there is similar comfort offered by a sticking out awning porch roof. In the top of the building at the height of the porch roof there is space for air travel- related offices. The shape of the porch roof also offers extra privacy as the passengers are blocked from the office view, light can still come into the offices though.
The crooked shapes of the building are unique. The construction is composed of steel and concrete hollowcore slabs with a layer of compression slabs. The layer of compression slabs transmits the horizontal forces from the tilted columns to the prefabricated core parts. Forces are restricted because of the positioning of the chore parts and extra costs of the tilted construction are limited that way. The big awning porch roof is carried by four roof trusses. These roof trusses run across the width of the building. The roof trusses are a combination of the truss principle and the Vierendeel principle. Where possible diagonal beams have been used and otherwise moment resisting connections have been used (Vierendeel principle).
This way space is optimally used with a minimum use of material. Innovative and clear designs support the specific function of the building including the need for privacy.
Location Schiphol Airport
Client Schiphol Real Estate
Architect VMX Architects
Project start 2007
Surface Area 6,600 m2
Function Van Rossum Main structural engineer