Eindhoven Airport has the ambition to form the main entrance for the Brainport Region and the Van Gogh National
Park. Commissioned by Eindhoven Airport and in collaboration with the Bever architects, MTD landscape architects
has drawn up a design for the forecourt and the boulevard. This is where the world of technology and innovation and
the world of the landscape of Brabant come together in a green, sustainable and innovative public space that offers
opportunities for meeting and staying.
In terms of design and materialization, the individual design interventions have a direct connection with the local
environment of Eindhoven, with the Brainport Region and with the international aviation world. For example, a local
composite material was chosen for the pavement and innovative light fixtures were installed, which were designed
in collaboration with lighting architect Har Hollands and which will glow particularl special way during Glow and
the Dutch Design Week. This makes the forecourt a square of the city of Eindhoven. In order to connect with the
international world of aviation, a special natural stone fountain has been designed in the forecourt with an image of
the globe. The 7 meter in diameter waterwork has a significance as a central meeting place for passing travellers and
symbolizes everything Eindhoven Airport stands for; an international, sustainable world of meeting people.
Important ambition of Eindhoven Airport and preconditions for the design of the public space of the airport is
optimal accessibility and accessibility for everyone. This makes the connection to the public transport network
and parking facilities important parts of the airport world. Recently, the Multifunctional Parking Building or Multi
Purpose Building, designed by the Bever architects, was taken into use, to which the forecourt seamlessly connects.
The vegetation plays a major role in the design of the forecourt and boulevard; they soften the large-scale airport
world and offer a pleasant residential climate. The design of the planters is inspired by high-tech printed circuit
boards. Wooden benches are linked to the planters. The choice of assortment on the forecourt refers directly to the
sand landscape of Brabant with Betula pendula and Pinus sylvestris. This is in contrast to the boulevard, where
varieties have been used that refer to design and innovation, such as Sorbus and Juglans. The assortment of the
under planting of grasses, perennials and small shrubs is mainly aimed at the pursuit of high biodiversity and partly
has a medicinal effect.
A bee hotel of steel and oak designed especially for Eindhoven Airport offers an important breeding ground for wild
bees in this area. Eindhoven Airport’s Breeam sustainability ambitions are high; LE4 aims to support plants and
animals in their development and their significance as co-users of the area.
Typology: public space, sustainability, designplan, masterplan