Parks & Planes

Natalie Dixon
May 13th 2011

Along with a library and museum, Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport recently added a park to its list of attractions. Officially opened by Princess Irene, the first Airport Park in the world offers a "haven of tranquillity" with a terrace, trees and wooden picnic benches.

Daylight enters the park through tube lighting and fibre optic cables, while "mixed reality" technology brings the park to life: images of famous parks are displayed on the walls, projections, and sounds of animals, bicycle bells and children playing. Travellers can also recharge their mobile phones by pedalling one of the energy generating bicycles.

The Airport Park is located behind the Schiphol Airport's D Gates.

- Story courtesy Moa Thorssell/www.iamexpat.nl

Schiphol Indoor photo

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