The design for the new terminal pays homage to the Dutch civil engineer Cornelis Lely by taking as its starting point the spectacular simplicity of the region of reclaimed land in the province of Flevoland. The new terminal sits almost naturally in the wide-open and abstract landscape of the region, and makes a striking horizontal statement. The terminal consists of an elongated volume that splits the landside from the airside and incorporates the pier with its departure lounges. The elongated terminal opens into the Plaza, a voluminous, high-ceilinged canopy that welcomes passengers with open arms. This wooden-framed and glass-wrapped hall serves as the building’s central meeting point for the streams of departing and arriving passengers and those dropping them off and picking them up. This vertically generous space also includes a comfortable Lounge with shops and food courts for travellers to pass the time before proceeding to the gate. A rooftop terrace adjacent to the Lounge offers a panoramic view of the planes taking off and landing.