building services adviser:
Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs
building physics adviser:
In the Dommel valley of the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, next to the 'Sports woods', a new day care centre for the children of Philips employees and the sports building were realized.
In terms of appearance and materialization, the day care centre is quite different from the other buildings on the campus. It has an expressive slanting roof, which gives it an archetypical form.
The day care centre of ca 1,100 m² provides accommodation for 96 child places spread over eight groups, each with 12 places. The group spaces are suitable for both 'horizontal' and 'vertical' groups. Each group space has two sleeping areas and a sanitary block. There is an door out to the outside play area per group. Two groups are always connected to each other, so that exchanges can take place.
In the group spaces, the aim was to create a child-friendly scale. This can be seen in low windows at child height, a convector casing at a height suitable for children and a low apron wall running right round. Little corners and recesses have been created so that the children are not lost in a large space. In the heart of the building there is a spacious play hall. To achieve sufficient daylight here, a light catcher has been made in the roof, which catches the north light. The play hall has a door out to the outside play area.
The slanting roof has projecting eaves on the north and south sides, which creates a kind of veranda. On the one hand, it provides protection from the sun but it also creates a gradual transition from inside to outside.
The materialization of the day care centre is mainly wood, which creates a warm atmosphere. The roof has a moss-sedum covering and the wooden façade sections are painted bright red. In the interior, a lot of wood has been used as well. A large number of the walls have been finished with birch ply, a material commonly used in the furniture industry, certainly for children. It gives a warm but also sturdy feel. In addition, the high roof makes the building spacious and light.
The sports building of ca 270 m² is related to the day care centre in terms of façade treatment. Here there is room to shower, change clothes and shelter and there is a technical area and a storage area for sports equipment. Material use is more stone-textured here due to the technical services and the damp spaces.