Prof. Holstlaan 4
High Tech Campus Eindhoven
Philips Electronics Nederland
EMC Competence Centre
gross floor area:
ca 3,400 m²
Juurlink & Geluk
Brink Management & Advies BV
Bouwcombinatie HBG - van Straten
building services adviser:
Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs
building physics adviser:
This building, the EMC Competence Centre, houses Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC). The user carries out measurements of the electromagnetic radiation of equipment. This measuring takes place in so-called anechoic chambers (Faraday cages). About 80% of the building consists of these testing and measuring areas; the remaining space is arranged as offices.
The design is based on a location and mass study as presented by the architects' partnership in March 2000 and a building programme, supplemented by information from the client.
The mass study assumed two building levels. After the study it appeared that the building part that houses the test area could be extended to three storeys.
The positioning of the various test areas was determined in close consultation with the user and can easily be read from the floor plan. The lay-out, with the elevated office section and the entrance on the side of the Dommel river has been retained. In order to guarantee a high degree of communication between the floors within the test section, a vide has been introduced. In this way, the space for the users of the test section in the heart of the building is provided with natural light.
The organization of this plan - with good communication in the heart of the test section - results in a building that is closed on the outside (the back of the various 'cages').
In order to avoid a closed appearance, the choice was made to provide the building with a glass skin, which acts as a veil and gives the building depth. An important reason supporting this choice is the fact that, as well as requiring little maintenance, glass is a durable material.