Design company VanBerlo is the initiator of the Innovation Powerhouse, and as such also the first tenant to take place in the new building. Their vision of open innovation, inspiration and connectivity was key in the design of the Innovation Powerhouse, and also in their own offices.
The design firm wanted an inspiring workspace, young, fresh, clean, raw industrial but with high quality. Clients and staff should feel welcome, at home and inspired. This resulted in a design with a large central communal space. An area where everything and everybody come to gather; where staff and visitors come to collaborate, innovate and socialize. All the rooms connect to this space, which also houses an exhibition of market trends and past design products. The main staircase doubles as a mini theatre and impromptu meeting place.
The surrounding rooms are meeting rooms, breakaway rooms, spaces for informal sessions and presentations, specially designed workshops and rooms for usability tests, hackathons, and scrum sessions, all allowing staff to work intensively on projects together with clients, partners, and universities. To arouse the character of open innovation and transparency, all the interior walls are made of glass, with only a few expectations there where some intimacy was required.
In contrast to the lively communal area, the design team floors are calmer, white gray and natural materials, to create a blanc canvas where the products and idea’s can occur.
Type: Redevelopment Phase: Near completion Location: Eindhoven Client: GeVa Architects: Atelier van Berlo, Eugelink Architectuur, De Bever Architecten
The former power plant of Philips is the first fully renovated building on Strijp-T to open its doors as a multi-tenant office building for the creative industry; The Innovation Powerhouse. The concept behind the renovation was to create a building that functions as an ecosystem for open innovation. A stimulating work environment where different companies could gather, inspire and encourage innovation.
This vision was translated into a large central communal space that connects the different companies and facilitates and gives room for inspiration and collaboration. The area houses exhibitions, coffee corners, a restaurant, spaces for informal meetings and events. It functions as the beating heart of inspiration and innovation. The facades surrounding the central core are fully transparent, enhancing the concept of open innovation by creating literal of sight between the different companies.
The area forms a straight line through the heart of the building, spanning among others, the original central backbone, a 5-meter wide high-rise where the cole chutes still hang at 28 meter high. In the area neighboring the high-rise, the roof is opened up by a skylight spanning the full length, bringing light into the otherwise dark center of the building and revealing the magnitude of the old heavy concrete structure of this backbone. In addition, this skylight gives a peek at the facade, allowing all who view it to experience the sheer height of the midpoint.
The most striking intervention is the vertical garden on the outside. Due to changes in energy fueling, the power plant was never finished according to the original design. Inspired by these drawings, the architects added a steel structure to the central high-rise, giving the building its originally intended symmetrical look. In the structure, a vertical garden, meeting room elevator and escape route are integrated. It follows in form and lines the original architecture, however, is completely open, transparent and green, hinting at the newest form of energy.
To complete the symmetrical look, a glass extension was added ad the back. With profound respect for the historic building, the architects chose to maintain the lines and flow of its facades. Yet, they still managed to create a contemporary and tight image using materials and details to indicate clearly the final stage of this impressive building.
Type: Extension Phase: near completion Location: Leende Client: Private
Villa E is a renovation and extension of a bungalow of the 50's in the midst of nature in the Netherlands. Surrounded by only tree's, the original design focusses on a subtle border between outside and inside. With large opening windows to the south and an overhanging roof, the porch functions as an extension of the living area and an in-between zone. The entire inside of the house is stripped and rebuild, to provide modern living comfort and create one large open living area. Extra space is created by an extension to the east side, with two bedrooms and a bathroom. The extension follows the original design in horizontality, form, and ratio, but is radically different in material and finishing. With equally large windows as the living area, the master bedroom has a beautiful view over its own gardens, and the natural stone facade and concrete floors create a palette that blends well with the original stone and its natural surroundings.
Interior design Van der Laar
Type : Interior Phase: near completion Location: Eindhoven Client: Van der Laar construction
The top floor of the Innovation Powerhouse will be occupied by Construction office Van der Laar. The interior design creates a separation between the hall, where the old cole chutes hang, and a large open work floor. The hallway is kept free of normal workspaces, to create an open area for the lunches, small meetings, and expositions of their own work. In the open office floor, three selfstanding boxes were created where all closed functions are housed, the pantry, repro room, storage toilets and large meeting rooms. This leaves open the beautiful old ceiling with all the extensive construction and still gives maximum functionality to the office.
Interior design TQ
Type : Interior Phase: Preliminary design / on hold Location: Eindhoven Client: -
The old office building of Philips TQ is being redeveloped into a mixed-use building for the tech companies. One of the tech-companies will occupy a large production and distribution hall, with two floors of offices. The interior design is kept simple, honest and pure, to comply with their mission statement and fast-growing flexible character. Only natural materials are used and furniture CNC phrased. From the office, large windows were created to give a direct view of the production hall, and create a connection between the two workforces.
Experience of the Sacred
Type: Research design Phase: ongoing process Location: Rotterdam Client: -
A research into the experience of the Sacred followed by a design for Rotterdam's city center. The research focused on the emotional effect of architecture. How space can create an ineffable experience that goes beyond functionality, technicality or aesthetics. Our society has become more and more secular, however, that does not mean the need for spirituality has disappeared. Churches, mosques and synagogues used to be the centre of the city, and functioned, besides a house of God, as a place for gathering and contemplation. A moment of rest, calmness and reflection. These functions are still highly relevant in our ever more changing and vibrant society. This research focuses on what creates this experience, and how this can be reproduced without reference to a specific religion. Its attempts to create a house for contemplation, a house of the city for the people, and focuses on the ineffable experience that binds us.
Research Experience of spaces
A research into the basic elements of architecture and arts, and how they accumulate in the atmosphere of a space. Light, materials, details, finishings, deterioration over time, transitions, ratio, and color were all part of the context.
Type: Interior Phase: Under construction Location: Eindhoven Client: EAST
Interior design for a new concept in food, a mixture of a cooking school, workshop spaces, lunchroom and store
Type: Renovation & Interior Phase: Preliminary design / On hold Location: Eindhoven Client: GeVa
For a possible new tenant, a preliminary design was made by Ateliervan Berlo for the renovation and interior of the old factory TAB on STrijp-T. The design consist of a large production and facility hall, with a small office for administrative staff, and a large exposition space
A redesign for the facade of the existing energy plant of Ennatuurlijk. With a strongly limited budget, a design was made of perforated panels, creating a soft glow around the building. Some large new openings would add light into the plant and give the facade depth.