Schiphol airport: Lighting lessons for everyone

Someone once described modern airports as shopping malls with planes. With that in mind, Amsterdam's Schiphol airport is embarking on an ambitious renovation that could provide 'how-to' (or not) lessons for a wide variety of commercial lighting uses.

Airport World reports that Schiphol is overhauling one of its main departure lounges ('Departure Lounge 2' for you Schiphol aficionados) in a complete makeover including, of course, lighting. Schiphol aims to add 20 percent in retail and food capacity by the time construction winds up in the summer of 2015.

In what sounds like part amusement park, part shopping center and part airport, the website notes that, 'The transformation will be sub-divided into seven theme worlds for passengers, with each offering a specific experience, and will include: Luxury, Family, Travel & Culture, Modern Dutch, See Buy Fly, Fashion & Lifestyle, and Care & Wellness.'

Schiphol – its official name is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – is promoting it all for eco-sustainability. The endeavour includes wood that's certified by the Forest Sustainability Council, as well as, you guessed it, the installation of LED (light emitting diode) lighting, feted for energy efficiency and long life.

The lighting scheme will also tap motion sensors that adjust lighitng levels as necessary while people meander around shops and eateries including the Heineken Bar, Johnnie Walker House, M&Ms Amsterdam, Gucci, Bulgari, Hermès, Mont Blanc, Rolex, Amsterdam Bread Co, Asian restaurant Kebaya, Café Cocó, Starbucks (once upon a time they couldn't get near the traditional coffee houses of Holland) and XpresSpa.

If that's all making you hungry for more information, check back in to Lux. We hope to follow progress at the airport, where hopefully they'll remember to also provide lighting for travelers who might want to just sit, read a book and not spend any more money.

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Photo is from Calflier via Wikimedia