High Tech Campus Eindhoven
Philips Electronics Nederland
Philips Research e.a.
gross floor area:
ca 25.600 m²
Juurlink en Geluk
Brink Management & Advies
BAM Van Straten
building services adviser:
Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs
building physics adviser:
DGMR Raadgevende Ingenieurs
In the last year, the WY Building on the Philips High Tech Campus, which dates from 1968, underwent a radical renovation. The antiquated laboratory was replaced with light, transparent offices and test areas and cores, building services and façades were renewed. The building has been provided with a new entrance, designed as a slender transparent volume.
At well over 25,000 m², the WY Building on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven is one of the largest Philips Research buildings. Its central situation and 9-storey height make it one of the major visual elements on the High Tech Campus. In the beginning, the building was set up as a laboratory and many of Philips' inventions were created there. To make the building future-proof, a rigorous renovation was required, which involved transforming the old laboratories into contemporary offices and test areas.
One interesting aspect of a renovation is the dialogue between the old and the new; it's important to appreciate characteristic elements and to give them new zest. In one respect, the WY Building was a dark gruff building with a high level of repetition, which gave it the appearance of brutalist communist architecture. But it also had a number of characteristic elements, such as the sturdy concrete disc-shaped columns in the façades, the greater storey height than is customary these days and the distinctive TV mast on the building, a reminder of the first television broadcasts in colour.
These elements have been preserved in the renovation and brought more strongly to the fore. The graphic nature of the façade has been accentuated with slender new aluminium window-frames. The TV mast has been renovated and once again looks out proudly over Eindhoven. The discs have been refurbished and are lit up expressively in the evenings. The building also needed a new intervention. A new lift core provides shorter walking lines and gives the building a heart with a view for the first time.
In order to give Building WY a truly new appearance, an elegant entrance was needed. This has been designed as a slender transparent volume, in contrast with the heavy solid building. The entrance is essentially a route over a staircase with a light incline leading down to the open-work basement level, which is connected to the building by means of a void. Light, air and space are the principal elements here and they accompany the unsuspecting visitor into the building and right up to the lift cores. Rough stone masonry walls are a reminder of the 1960s architecture that used to be seen everywhere on campus.
The surroundings of the WY Building have also been radically transformed. The stony parking area has been replaced with the green birch landscape found throughout the whole campus. As a result, the existing building fits effortlessly into the renewed setting.