client total engineering:
Rijksgebouwendienst (Government Buildings Agency)
gross floor area:
ca 6,300 m²
building physics adviser:
In partnership with engineering consultancy firm Movares, JHK Architecten won the tender in 2012 for the integral design task for the Smartgate Schiphol project. The project is an initiative to provide answers for the control of risks in the field of security at Schiphol and the improvement of collaboration, with the aim of optimizing cargo flows at the airport by concentrating freight operations. By designing an integral control process, cargo that goes beyond the outside boundary of the EU via Schiphol can be checked quickly and well.
With the new-build for Customs – a commission from the Government Buildings Agency – a wide range of different, extremely specific functions and various logistic flows can be brought together within a single building contour, on an existing site with existing ULD scanner and roofing. The JIC building (Joint Inspection Centre) provides space for a control process that must excel in efficiency and effectiveness both inside and outside the building. Functionality and safety are keynote here. Our design for Schiphol Smartgate brings together all the processes within a compact and clearly zoned building volume. The building includes a dispatch floor, a scanning hall, storage and inspection areas, vehicle parking, offices and a training centre.
The new building with its associated site is located on the boundary between Airside and Landside and will be used from both sides. The main functional concept plays a leading role in the expression of the building and can be clearly read from the outside. The industrial and functional character of the building allows it to fit in with its surroundings. The complex has a high-quality technical appearance, matching the function to be accommodated. The entire façade is composed using standard materials that are combined to create a refined unity by means of shrewd detailing and proportions. Because the side wall on the Oude Meerweg has been implemented as completely 'closed', the powerful silhouette of the JIC building is clearly recognizable from the public highway. Both longitudinal elevations have been executed in black, industrial sheet steel with vertical mouldings. The dimensions of the sheeting have been matched to the measurement system of the entire building in such a way that a continuous façade with an unbroken pattern is achieved.