Airport Cities: Sky City Hong Kong
As early as in the 1990s, Chipshol introduced a concept for an Airport City to be developed around Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The Dutch government had other priorities over the past 40 years, but the plan is still up-to-date. Meanwhile, there’s a lot to be learned from the Far East, where airport cities have arisen in South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, to name just a few.
Chipshol’s founder Jan Poot had high hopes that his Airport City would help boost Schiphol’s position to the number 1 in Europe. Just like he introduced the idea of building an airport terminal in the North Sea, to reduce the typical nuisance of airplane noise and emissions for people living in the Schiphol area. Hong Kong, in the meantime, has both. Chek Lap Kok airport was built in the sea, on land reclaimed with Dutch technology by Dutch contractors. And Hong Kong’s Sky City has strong similarities to Poot’s vision of Schiphol City. A major integrated development comprises retail complexes, dining areas, hotels, entertainment facilities and offices. Serving both local and overseas visitors. Check it out at skycityhongkong.com.