The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Strategies for a Green Airport

Landscaping Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, NL

Creating place by combining infrastructure & botanic splendor: a durable and innovative approach to deliver a sustainable, airport-safe ecology.

From the early 90s, Schiphol has transitioned from a small airport within an agricultural landscape setting – into the fourth busiest airport in Europe. A multi-modal hub for transportation across the Netherlands, Europe, and the world. The first of its kind, West 8’s ecological approach created a ‘menu’ of landscape strategies for the constant infrastructural development and complexity. A key aspect of the new, green identity was the systematic planting of birches in all empty and unused spaces. A ‘green haze’ to place into perspective the facades and the viaducts, binding together all fragmented parts of the airport within a coherent forest. West 8 continues the collaboration, both supervising and working with Schiphol on new landscapes.

Departure or arrival, visitors to Schiphol are immediately immersed within the Dutch polder landscape.

Schiphol Airport

© Jeroen Musch, © West 8