Design showcase: Schipol Airport's new street food-inspired food court

14th November 2016

Travellers at Schipol Airport’s departure lounge, in the Netherlands, now have a far greater choice of food thanks to a new food court concept that seeks to bring the vibrancy of a street food market to the airport.

Design group UXUS has designed the food court, located in Lounge 2 at the airport. It opened earlier this year. The agency’s goal was to break away from conventional airport food offers, offering a unique experience that could cater for diverse traveller profiles.

Three different concepts have been included in the 1000 sq m space, offering variety and hospitality to suit travellers of any age.

The Grill provides exciting food theatre, serving made-to-order grilled favourites. It features bespoke graphics and playful patterns to create a vibrant backdrop.

The Oven offers a contemporary take on traditional Italian cuisine, with a street food interpretation of favourite dishes. The space features interior elements familiar from a pizzeria, but with more modern materials and palette.

A fresh market concept offers a selection of treats, inspired by the city of Amsterdam and the growing trend for street food. Boxes, wooden crates and bold typography are used to reinforce the scheme and create a sense of place.

At the centre of the food court is a drinks station with signage made entirely of bottle caps.

Neon signs above relays the word ‘food’ in many languages. A variety of seating styles is available to suit different consumer missions.