A new concept and design has been unveiled in the food court of Lounge 1 at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. The design is developed with street food culture and a dynamic market ambience in mind, and presents an eclectic mix of food options with each individual outlet retaining its own brand personality.
Portland Design is behind the new design of the food court, which includes Asian fusion concept Two Tigers, fresh food restaurants La Place an LEON, a Burger King and a separate beverage station and bar. A new feature is a 'refresh station' where travellers can freshen up before and after their meal, digital order points to optimise flow and minimise queuing, and a family area with interactive entertainment for the children.
The colourful new food court design on the mezzanine level has a strong visibility from the concourse level, with improved signposting and better wayfinding for customers. It also boasts increased seating capacity, achieved by utilising previously unused areas around the food court.
'Having worked with HMSHost on the design of the food court at Oslo Airport last year, we were delighted to be invited to revive a similar space at HMSHost's important base in Amsterdam. For the Lounge 1 Food Court, we have created a fun and light-hearted concept that balances customer experience and functionality,' says Lewis Allen, director of environments at Portland Design. 'We have combined commercial considerations with a design that has a reassuringly familiar Dutch spirit of pace – contemporary design, some quirky moments and with a gentle sense of humour.'
Water Seib, CEO of HMSHost International adds: 'Since the opening in April, the new food court is exceeding our expectations. We have realised 30 per cent more transactions compared to last year. The open and transparent atmosphere, the diverse range of food items from healthy to indulgence, combined with the extended seating area, ensures travellers enjoy Schiphol to the full before taking off.'