Travelling Light

In the year of 2016, a change of pace and creative direction- photographic artwork inspired by light, jet turbines and the smell of kerosine in the dark at the local airport during a stint of experimentation with night capture software and processing, basically just to see what I could do within the limitations of the then-current iPhone hardware.

All pictures were taken with iPhone 4 & 5, limiting the quality and resolution somewhat, but the results are pleasing.

Each capture takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to make, then composition of the exposures done (also on the iPhone). Ilona-Ruby and myself were at the airport on such a regular basis we became quite familiar with the awesome staff and employees at the various establishments within the terminal 🙂

The view is astonishingly beautiful especially at sunset as the terminal has been deliberately built to take the positioning of the sunlight to make maximum use of it within the building itself as well as a pleasant place to sit on the panorama terrace, upstairs and outside with a full unobstructed view of the entire airfield and a head-on view of nearly all of the gates with S2 being directly in front and center.

The New Building Collapsed

During the time we spent at the airport there had also been the construction of a new multipurpose building that included several stories of car parking, and it was almost complete and ready to open when a large portion of it suddenly collapsed. This was a building meant to have people in it!

The collapse happened on the one day we weren’t there. Typical! We had been at the airport every day but one that week. Luckily, nobody was injured. 👀 ✈️

Meanwhile, at arrivals…

Update 2018

The collapsed building has been completely torn down and another, bigger building exactly the same building but without the epic construction faults and failures has being constructed in its place.

Estimated completion date for the new building is October 2019. The damage to the collapsed building came to about €22,000,000 (About $25 million US dollars). I am glad it is all sorted out now and look forward to seeing what the airport looks like later in 2019.

The investigation into the cause of the collapse did not find anything odd, the most probable cause was materials failure as it dried in the unusually hot heatwave that struck the Netherlands that week.

Update 2020: The speculation on the probable cause was wrong, the fault lay completely with the construction company.

The Dutch Safety Board investigation found the load bearing floor panels had been installed incorrectly, leading to catastrophic structural integrity failure.

Eindhoven Airport and BAM reach agreement on financial settlement parking garage

Eindhoven Airport and construction company BAM reached an agreement on the financial settlement of the incident of 27 May 2017, in which the parking garage at Eindhoven Airport partially collapsed. Fortunately no casualties occurred during the incident.

At the beginning of April 2018 BAM started with the rebuilding of the parking garage. Completion is planned for October 2019. The parties do not make any further announcements regarding the content of the agreement reached.

“We are pleased that with this agreement we can put a stop to financial settlement and we can focus on the future”, says Joost Meijs, general manager of Eindhoven Airport.

“The settlement fits within the provision made by BAM in the fourth quarter of 2017,” says Jaap Hazeleger, director BAM Bouw en Techniek bv. “The rebuilding is progressing well.”

Eindhoven / Bunnik, 2 January 2019

But wait, there’s more…

Update 2020

The Dutch Safety Board did an interesting video (in English) about this entire story. Check it out!