The new checkpoint 90 is being constructed using materials left over from the demolition of three office buildings and three cargo buildings at Schiphol. The design is almost completely circular, part of Schiphol's ambition to be a waste-free airport by 2030.
Demolition and design go hand-in-hand
Created by Benthem Crouwel NACO Architects and BAM Bouw en Techniek, the design prioritises the use of the demolition materials in the construction. Existing steel structures, windows, doors, bathrooms, kitchens, LED lighting and facade cladding are getting a new home in the checkpoint. Its design is based on the Building Circularity Index (BCI) score, and is 68% circular. The highest possible score is 80%.
Taco van Iersel, manager sustainability & energy management at Schiphol, said: “In 2030, we want to be completely waste free. That requires different ways of designing and building. Redevelopment and maintenance projects at the airport produce a lot of residual materials, and we want to use as much as possible in other projects. Checkpoint 90 is a unique example. The origin of the materials and the detachability of the design gives form to our ambitions and shows what is already possible.”
Materials not being recycled for the checkpoint have found other destinations. Bike sheds are being reused, window frames are being used in new buildings and even cable ducts are finding a new lease of life. The roofing will be processed and used to make asphalt for Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
“We often see design being put out to tender at a later stage. In this case, the processes went hand-in-hand. We're really looking forward to the next step in the creation of this new checkpoint. We are implementing BAM's 'Building a sustainable tomorrow' strategy in this project, with sustainability the key objective,” said Susanne IJsenbrandt, sustainability manager for BAM Bouw en Techniek.