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DAM Award for 'Schiphol'

Schiphol. Groundbreaking Airport Design 1967 - 1975 was bestowed with the DAM Architectural Book Award 2020. 

The Frankfurt Book Fair and Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) are presenting the jointly initiated international DAM Architectural Book Award for the twelfth time. The prize, unique in its kind and now highly regarded, honours the best architectural books of a year. 101 architectural and art book publishers from all over the world accepted the joint invitation to participate. A jury made up of external experts and representatives of DAM met to select the year’s ten best architectural books from 274 entries. They based their decision on criteria such as design, content, quality of material and finishing, innovation, and topicality.

All books submitted will be presented to the public in the DAM auditorium from 21 October to 8 November. This year the external jury comprised: Wilhelm Opatz (Graphic designer), Danny Alexander Lettkemann (Architect and board member of the Socitey of Friends), Matthias Alexander (editor FAZ), Nina Sieverding (editor of the magazine FORM) The internal jurors were: Peter Cachola Schmal (Director DAM), Annette Becker (curator DAM), Oliver Elser (curator DAM) and Rebekka Kremershof (Head of Education DAM). More information.

Jury statement: The view into the history of an airport that Paul Meurs and Isabel von Lent offer in their book “Schiphol, Groundbreaking airport design 1967–1975” seems almost prophetic today. While travelers rarely find their way into the airport halls at present, designers revolutionized the design of guidance systems at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in the 1960s and 1970s. With the same clarity with which travelers have been guided through the modular airport architecture since then, the volume’s design by studio Beukers Scholma leads through the cultural history of the airport and its groundbreaking design. The captivating selection of historical black-and-white photographs of everyday airport life shines in a silvery glow, brings the history of Schiphol to life and lends cinematic qualities to the reading experience. From the presentation of the content, to the workmanship and its printing, the book follows the highest quality standards, drawing the best lessons from its subject matter and approaching it at eye level. (Jonas Lecointe)

About the book

A unique description and representation of the ideas behind the groundbreaking design of the new Schiphol from 1967.

The new Schiphol opened its doors in 1967. Everything had been thought out, from the runway system to the details of its interior and its now world-famous signage and lettering. The designers had carefully studied the latest developments in aviation and combined them uncompromisingly. They turned Schiphol into a textbook example of a modern airport. Schiphol is a well-oiled machine that flawlessly channels immense flows of people, planes and packages. Every effort is made to put travellers at ease and to provide them with an overview despite the hustle and bustle.

This book describes and represents how a large team of top designers once gave shape to this new Schiphol. Based on the cultural-historical research of SteenhuisMeurs, supplemented with a wealth of historical photographs, this is an intriguing introduction to the ideas behind Schiphol’s design – ideas that determine the atmosphere and quality of this airport to this day.

Written by Paul Meurs, Isabel van Lent | design: Beukers Scholma | English | hardcover | 24,5 x 31,5 cm | 192 pages | illustrated (200 color and b/w) | in conjunction with: SteenhuisMeurs | with support from: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol