The High Tech Campus is a technological knowledge centre enjoying international prestige. The centre reflects the Philips' vision of the future, where research and development of high-tech knowledge in the areas of silicon, systems and software can be optimally stimulated by concentrating them in an innovative working environment.
The Campus, designed for a growth to 7,000 employees, is situated on a site surrounding the Physics Laboratory in the city of Eindhoven. This is where work, creativity, relaxation, meeting others and sport come together with the aim of inspiring people to achieve top performances.
After a preselection, the commission was awarded to Inbo/JHK Samenwerkende Architecten vof in 1997 to develop a masterplan for the Campus. Inbo/JHK brought Juurlink en Geluk into the project for the landscaping and urban design plan.
The urban design for the High Tech Campus Masterplan was based on the land use plan in force. The choice was also made to fit in carefully with the particular landscape features in the surroundings. This resulted in a plan with five characteristic sub-sections.
- In the centre, there is a pond with on the north bank the building, The Strip, which is the heart of the Campus and contains all the communal facilities.
- To the north of this is the transparent beech wood surrounding the existing Physics Laboratory and new-build for software-related commercial activities.
- In the far north there is a landscape with streams, the ecologically valuable Dommel valley.
- On the west side, the existing woods are being arranged as a sports wood with sport facilities and day-care for children.
- In the heath and hedgerow landscape to the south of the pond there will be hardware-related commercial activities, visually separated from the motorway by four parking garages.
Car access is limited. Parking facilities are concentrated in built 'land art marks' and are in harmony with the surrounding landscape.
The Masterplan provides for a land division that does justice to the surroundings. For instance, in the beech wood located in the north there are diamond-shaped buildings in a structure that encloses the space. In the heath and hedgerow landscape, the spatial effect is transparent due to the alternation of linear buildings and open strips of landscape. The buildings have been realized using a measurement concept of 14.40 x 14.40 m, mainly four storeys high.
The image quality prescribes architecture with a human, technical and durable expression. Buildings have a quiet appearance, so that the landscape continues to determine the image. The boundary between inside and outside becomes blurred. The workplaces are transparent, easily accessible and informally housed.
Besides ca 160,000 m² new-build, ca 70,000 m² of existing buildings have also been comprehensively renovated.