On 7 September, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol opened its renovated Holland Boulevard. The public area between Departure Lounges 2 and 3 has been developed to meet the needs of passengers wishing to step out of the travel process for a while. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has designed an area where passengers can relax and explore art and culture 24 hours a day, while waiting for their flight.
“We have renovated Holland Boulevard to enhance the comfort and travelling pleasure for our passengers,” explains Tanja Dik, Director of Consumer Products & Services at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. “I am proud that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol can offer this experience.”
The transparent design gives the whole offer a clear layout for the traveller. Large areas of glass and low walls create a fresh, open feel. Passengers can spend time with friends and family, enjoy a spa treatment and work or shop in comfort in the area. Travellers wanting to read can visit the new Airport Library, with around 500 books by well-known Dutch authors, translated into more than 40 languages to be accessible for foreign travellers. In addition to its books, the Airport Library has touch screens showing the best of Dutch culture.
Moreover, the renovated Rijksmuseum annex gives the traveller the perfect place to step out of the travel process. The exhibition is an introduction to 17th century Dutch painting, including portraits, still life, landscapes and seascapes. The selection consists of a Delft Blue tiled tableau and ten paintings representing typical Dutch narrative themes from the Golden Age, such as flat lowlands, water and sea, floral magnificence and wealthy citizens.
A number of themes can be found on Holland Boulevard. The colourful seating areas and the art work by Samira Boon, 10,800 Horizons, for example, are references to the polder landscape, along with the floral magnificence of the House of Tulips shop.
Moreover, the NEMO Science Museum challenges everyone, young and old, to discover how fascinating and relevant science and technology are. The NEMO area also features two gigantic cuddly toys, designed by artist Florentijn Hofman, which make the area even more attractive for young and old.
Dik added: “ Holland Boulevard is a place for you to stretch your legs after a flight, to go wandering amongst the Dutch masters, to curl up with a good book on a comfortable settee, to enjoy a fellow passenger’s piano playing or to enjoy attractive shops and restaurants.”