Amsterdam Schiphol opens Spaces Lounge co-working facility

29 Nov 2022 by Mark Caswell
Spaces Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol

Amsterdam Schiphol airport has opened a new workspace facility and restaurant above its Departure Hall 1.

Spaces Lounge is located on the third floor of Departures 1, and can accommodate more than one hundred visitors across six work areas and four meeting rooms.

It joins an existing Spaces Lounge facility at Schiphol, with the existing space situated within the The Outlook Microsoft building.

Meanwhile the adjacent Panorama Restaurant offers “an extensive range of food and drink options” – both facilities are located in the Schiphol’s public areas, meaning that they can be visited whether or not the customer is flying from the airport.

Gavin Phillips, Regional Vice President, IWG (owner of the Spaces brand) Benelux, said that the group planned to open at least 200 new Flex offices in the Netherlands in the next five years.

“Flex workspaces at airports and stations are the solution to a growing customer demand for places to work close to where they live,” said Phillips. “And they also want access to professional facilities when they are on the move.”

Panorama Restaurant at Amsterdam Schiphol

Meanwhile Arthur Reijnhart, director commercial at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, commented:

“We are extremely proud to open both locations that focus on different target groups. Flexible office space at the airport means that professionals can be productive wherever they are. Whether they need a local office space, or want to use their waiting or transfer time optimally while on a business trip.

“The adjacent Panorama Restaurant is a fantastic addition with a vision to also offer business travellers and other individuals a place to meet up. But it’s definitely a place where families and plane spotters can relax and enjoy views of the Panorama Terrace, runways and departing and arriving planes too.”

The openings are part of work to redevelop the airport’s Lounge 1. In a recent press release Schiphol said:

“The redevelopment of Lounge 1 will see a surface area of 24,000 sqm being given a new, clearer layout that will enable travellers to find their way more easily.

“There will also be around 5,000 sqm of additional space, which will be used by travellers and for new catering and retail establishments – 23 new concepts located around the lounge’s two central plazas.

“On the top floor of Lounge 1 (the food court), the number of food and drink establishments will also be increased.”

The area will stay open during the works, with the airport stating that “hindrance to travellers will be kept to a minimum because some of the works will take place at night”, adding that “the work is being divided into several consecutive phases, so that airlines, passengers and employees experience as little hindrance as possible”.

CGI image of the redeveloped Lounge 1 at Amsterdam Schiphol
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