Waiting to get on a plane can be a stressing and wearisome situation --particularly if there are delays or bad weather. With the idea of trying to ease this strife, Amsterdam Schipol Airport just opened their brand new Airport Park, a park-themed area for travelers to relax, work, eat or simply sit around enjoying some fresh-air before departure. Built by Design Academy of Eindhoven graduate Maurice Mentjens, with the help of non-profit NatuurCollege, the design uses a technology called “mixed reality” to give way to a curious park that combines hospitality and sustainability in one inspirational space.
Officially opened with a surprising picnic themed party early last month, Airport Park offers a unique place in the world for everyone to enjoy. Located before passport control within Lounge 1 it features a sitting space, food outlets, sustainable technology services an outside terrace. The feeling of being in a park was recreated using a mixed reality technology where images of famous parks from around the world are displayed on the walls, beautiful butterflies are projected and animals’ sounds together with bicycle bells can be heard while sitting on a tree trunk. Airport Park was created for kids and adults. An open space with different sectors for work, playing and shopping has been design to ensure fun for all and commitments done. A gorgeous 130-year-old tree at the entrance points out at everything the park has to offer. The tree was given a second chance after being relocated at the airport because it was threatened at its original location.
At Airport Park travellers can relax under a tree, connect to the Internet or enjoy a healthy snack on a wooden pic-nic table. Trees seem to grow above the ceiling and even a row of lounging chairs where placed for a moment of relaxation before the flight. At the Park Café passengers can enjoy fresh juices, fair trade coffee, organic sandwiches and other delicious treats. A seating space overlooking the busy Dutch airport and featuring long wooden tables with emerging fake trees intends to bring nature inside. A lush green outdoors area with real trees and greenery, wooden tables and seats covered by ivy, is another option for having a snack or spending some all fresco time watching planes come and go. The various kiosks within the area sell magazines and newspapers from around the world, toys and eco-friendly souvenirs like packed tulip bulbs to bring home some of the Netherlands’ most beautiful national blossoms.
The Airport Park at Amsterdam Schipol is one of the first examples of its kind. As well as offering a recreational green area for travellers, the park uses LED lighting wherever possible and natural light enters through tube lighting and fibre optics cables. Several power outlets have been installed for plugging laptops and if passengers want to recharge their mobile phones or other gadgets they can do so by pedaling one of the energy generating bicycles available. How else would you produce sustainable energy in Amsterdam?
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