Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Philips Lighting in Eindhoven, Netherlands by Diederendirrix architects
July 13th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Diederendirrix architects
Residential building in former Philips Lighting head office first step toward new quarter Eindhoven
Diederendirrix architecture & urban development has transformed the former Philips Lighting head office into a vibrant residential building consisting of 616 lofts and penthouses. The new façade with gold coloured window frames enables quality small-scale housing in the middle of the city. The completion of Lighting is the first and key step in the realisation of the Victoriapark.
Transformation into residential building
The three wings of the office building measuring 43,000 square meters are filled with lofts and penthouses for mostly single households for starters and expats. A supermarket, various food and drink establishments and shops, a fitness studio and offices are located on the ground floor.
Diederendirrix has kept the structure of the building and the concrete staircases, but has completely rebuilt the façades. Large sliding windows give plenty of light to the loft apartments. Penthouses with large terraces are located on the upper floor. Beautiful materials such as natural stone façade planes and gold coloured window frames create a luxurious look. The lofts are completed and handed over to its residents fully equipped.
From enclave to new quarter
The former Philips Lighting head office in the centre of Eindhoven was built around 1980. Surrounded by enclosed car parks and detached buildings, it was an enclosed enclave in the city for a long time. This location in the city centre fell vacant when Philips Lighting moved to the High Tech Campus.
Diederendirrix is designing the repurposing of the entire grounds around Philips Lighting. The residential tower Onyx with luxurious apartments and a five-storey building with student dwellings are planned to be built on the north side. This compression on the north side enables the creation of the Victoriapark on the south side, which measures 3.5 hectares and through which the brook Gender will flow.
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