Schiphol opens sustainably built morgue


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol opened a new morgue constructed entirely sustainably. At the morgue, Zorg Diensten Groep facilitates deceased persons and their friends and relatives who enter or depart from the Netherlands via the airport. The morgue is located on theborderbetween airside and landside, which allows the deceased to be transported directly to and from the aircraft.

The new morgue was designed to accommodate a range of different cultures and mourning rituals. It is also a place for friends and relatives to say farewell. In addition, the morgue has a viewing room with bathing facilities for cleansing the deceased, a preparation area and an autopsy room for the police.

Zorg Diensten Groep has years of experience in receiving deceased individuals and their friends and relatives at Schiphol, guiding them all the way from arrival to departure. The new morgue will replace the former morgue, which needed to be demolished to make way for the construction of Schiphol’s new pier.

Sustainable and recyclable
Schiphol built this new facility according to the cradle-to-cradle principle. That means that, when the structure’s lifespan has ended, the materials can be easily reused in a new project. It is the first 100% cradle-to-cradle building at and belonging to Schiphol.

It also meets the criteria for a BREEAM rating of Outstanding. This construction standard has been achieved through insulating and energy-generating applications, such as the climate-resilient circular water system that drains away waste water more slowly and filters it – even making it suitable as drinking water. Electricity is supplied by solar panels and the building is lit by LED lighting. Using ENS technology contributed to reaching the BREEAM Outstanding construction standard as well: ENS works to capture particulate matter, thereby ensuring a healthier general environment and working environment.

The construction of this morgue contributes to Schiphol’s ambition to become a zer0 waste airport by 2030.