S-West Eindhoven Strijp-S, former Philips site

S-West Eindhoven Strijp-S, former Philips site architecture, Dutch residential project photos

S-West Eindhoven at Strijp-S, former Philips site

21 Apr 2022

Design: Orange Architects

Location: Torenallee – Ir. Kalffstraat, Eindhoven, North Brabant, The Netherlands

Strijp-S, Eindhoven, Nederland

S-West Eindhoven Strijp-S, former Philips site

Photos by Sebastian van Damme

S-West Eindhoven Building at Strijp-S

S-West is located in the heart of the former Philips site known as Strijp-S, just to the north of the centre of Eindhoven. Thanks to initiatives by Sint Trudo housing association, and on the basis of a master plan by West 8, the area has in recent years been transformed into a new urban district, which is increasingly becoming a vibrant and trendy part of Eindhoven, the ‘city of light’.

S-West Eindhoven Strijp-S, former Philips site

Old Philips buildings have been redeveloped, among them the Klok Building and the Anton and Gerard Building on Torenallee – locally known as ‘the Tall Back’ – and together with the new development they form the layered DNA of the district, which was previously inaccessible.

S-West Eindhoven Strijp-S, former Philips site

S-West borders the north side of Torenallee, the west side of the St Lucas College and the south side of the monumental Natlab building, where the most historical Philips discoveries were made. The east side of the plot offers access to Ingenieur Kalffstraat. The plan consists of an ensemble of four buildings on a half-sunken car park with a roof garden. The total size of the project is about 30,000 m2 gross floor area.

S-West Eindhoven Strijp-S, former Philips site

The four buildings all have a character of their own, and together they subtly acknowledge the area’s industrial past. The plinth along Torenallee is given a commercial function. In addition, the informal route through the neighbourhood extends through the plan, from the neighbouring SAS building through the courtyard gardens of S-West and to Torenallee.

S-West Eindhoven Strijp-S, former Philips site

The striking 60-metre-tall tower on the urban Torenallee, with a cantilevered head, slightly protrudes from the building line in the form of a two-level colonnade. The 18-floor tower is classically composed of a plinth, body and crown, yet it also echoes the architecture and tectonics of a concrete silo building with its vertical emphasis. With its cantilever that extends around all sides, the crown forms a striking landmark within Strijp-S. The whole tower has a high-quality light sand-coloured polyester concrete façade, and lots of fenestration in the form of large industrial looking windows.

S-West Eindhoven Strijp-S, former Philips site

Next to the tower is a hefty and tiered corner block called ‘Frederik’, which references the archetypical early industrial architecture: urban structures with iron escape stairs and balconies as functional ornaments. The corner solution is remarkable because of its gradually changing facade grid in which windows vary in size from the plinth upwards and from the edges to the corner. The industrial character is also referenced in the vibrant and robust brickwork that ranges in colour from bright orange to dark brown with darker joints.

The 4 buildings all have a character of their own, and together they subtly acknowledge the area’s industrial past

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The third block is a linear and more graceful block called ‘Maria’ placed perpendicular to Ir. Kalffstraat and dividing the courtyard garden into two parts. The arches of the old Radio Building – which stood on Kastanjelaan in Strijp-S, provided the inspiration for the design of the different arches on all sides. In the angle of the Natlab building a small L-shaped block is placed, with a saw-tooth facade to Ir. Kalffstraat and a stepped down volume bordering the rear side of the former Natlab. The architecture of ‘Benjamin’ echoes industrial structures. Its façade is made out of yellow coloured brickwork that is cut horizontally by white concrete bands, balconies, terraces and galleries, calling to mind loading platforms.

Buildings at former Philips site in Netherlands

Solar panels have been placed on the upper roof parts, which, together with a collective thermal energy storage system, ensure a sustainable energy concept. The green courtyards connect all residents of the plan and surrounding historic buildings. The total size of the project is about 30,000 m2 gross floor area.

S-West Eindhoven Strijp-S, former Philips site

Thanks to initiatives by Sint Trudo housing association, and on the basis of a master plan by West 8, Strijp-S has in recent years been transformed into a new urban district, which is increasingly becoming a vibrant and trendy part of Eindhoven, the ‘city of light’. Old Philips buildings have been redeveloped, among them the monumental Natlab building, the Klok Building and the Anton and Gerard Building on Torenallee – locally known as ‘the Tall Back’. Together with the new development they form the layered DNA of the district.

On May 12 (2022) Orange Architects and Architectuurcentrum Eindhoven are hosting a ‘Talk and Tour’ at S-West, diving deeper into its concept, by the theme: ‘designing in an industrial context’. Send an e-mail to [email protected] to sign up.

S-West Eindhoven Strijp-S, former Philips site

S-West at Strijp-S Eindhoven – Building Information

Location: Torenallee – Ir. Kalffstraat
Strijp-S, Eindhoven, Nederland
Design: 2017 >
Realisation: 2021
Size: 29.665 m2
Program: mixed-use

former Philips site design by Orange Architects former Philips site design by Orange Architects

Architect: Orange Architects
Assignment: Pitch | selected
Client: MRP Development
Ontwerpteam: Jeroen Schipper, Max Hissink, Julija Osipenko, Tess
Design team: Landsman, María Gómez Garrido, Angeliki Chantzopoulou,
Rutger Schoenmaker, Fung Chow
Urban planner: West 8
Advisors: Zonneveld ingenieurs, Peutz, HE Adviseurs,
Felixx Landscape Architects, VGG, HfB, Objectum
Contractor: Stam + De Koning

former Philips site design by Orange Architects former Philips site design by Orange Architects

Photography: Sebastian van Damme

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