Type: Transformation Phase: Complete Location: Eindhoven Client: GeVa Architects: Atelier van Berlo i.s.m. Eugelink Architectuur & De Bever Architecten Interior: Atelier van Berlo Photo’s: Tycho Merijn
The former power plant of Philips is transformed into the multi-tenant Innovation Powerhouse. A transformation from a pure, brute, raw and heavy industrial complex - in size and volume completely unsuitable for office use - into a comfortable, breathing, spacious, fresh and young work environment.
The Innovation Powerhouse is an ecosystem for the innovative industries. A centre of creativity; a hyper-modern, multi-tenant building where different companies meet, inspire and stimulate innovation. Situated on Strijp-T, the out of use power plant is an iconic building, a landmark of Eindhoven. Built in four stages, from 1953 till 1972, the power plant used to provide Philips factories with power through coal, gas and later oil.
The two main points of departure for the design were to maintain the building’s innate architectural qualities and to incorporate this vision of open innovation. Throughout the design this idea of connectives was essential. The architects wanted the companies to constantly meet, to create an almost effortless inspiration of one another, which was translated into a vibrant centre.
To create this vibrant centre, the architect created a clear-cut in the building, a straight line through the heart spanning among others the original central backbone, a 5-meter wide high-rise where the cole chutes still hang at 28-meter hight. Next to this central backbone, the roof is opened up by a skylight spanning the full length, bringing light into the otherwise dark centre of the building and revealing the magnitude of the old heavy concrete structure. In addition, this skylight gives a peek at the facade, allowing all who view it to experience the sheer height of the midpoint.
Due to a change in power fuelling, the original design was never finished. Since there was no longer a need for cole chutes, the 5-meter wide high-rise was never finished. Inspired by the original drawings, the architects added a steel vertical garden to the central high-rise, giving the building its originally intended symmetrical look. This vertical garden with meeting rooms, a glass elevator and emergency exit follows the lines and rhythm of the original architecture. The open, transparent and green appearance hints at a new sustainable green energy production.
The symmetrical look is finished by a glass extension at the back of the building. It follows the lines and rhythm of the building, but through a minimalistic detailing and modern materials, it indicated clearly a new phase for this impressive building.
The other interventions, such as the small windows for light in the offices and the main entrance, are kept small, to ensure that the monumental industrial character of the building stays visible. Within the renovation, there was also great attention for sustainability. Due to HR + glass, solar panels, newly isolated walls and roofs, the building now has an A+ energy label.
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: 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.
Type: Interior Phase: Near completion Location: Eindhoven Client: EAST
Interior design for a new concept in food. A mixture of a cooking school, workshop spaces, lunchroom and store, socially embedded in its neighborhood.
Type: Interior Phase: Near completion Location: Eindhoven Client: Amber
Amber is a fast-growing start-up, that provides electric car-sharing services for businesses. As a dynamic, young and bold company, they wanted an interior that reflects their way of working. Different informal meeting spaces, flexworking possibilities, a boardroom and concentration workspaces for programmers. An atmosphere that is both energetic and professional.
The design plays with these two atmospheres, energetic, young and bold versus professional and serious. In the middle, a brightly colored zone containing all informal functions divides up the work floor. Here is the brainstorm-table, coffee table, and beer tap. At the head sits the boardroom, overlooking the office. The two separated work floors are fully gray, in furniture, concrete and floor. With the programmers on one side and the helpdesk on the other, the informal zone functions as an acoustic buffer between them.
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.
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.