NL-Eindhoven Kennedy Business Center
In 1996, the town of Eindhoven resolved to develop a surface - which measures 3 hectares and lies between the northern forecourt of the train station and the campus of the Technical Academy - into an office complex with 50,000 sqm and a public park & ride garage. The master plan was prepared for the entire northern area of the train station, the plan specifies the demarcation lines of the individual surfaces and their precise utilizations.
Three investor groups, assisted by their respective architects, wanted to design buildings for the very same (i.e., the most attractive) portion of the site. Battle lines were drawn, and three independent buildings were to have been accommodated on a site that was far too small and was moreover disadvantageously subdivided. It was at this point that KCAP/ASTOC was commissioned with a supervisory role in order to ensure that individual projects were developed in a way consistent with urban planning objectives. In addition, our office was contracted to conceptualize and plan the subterranean garage and public spaces (including the entry pavilions and entry levels of all buildings).
The architects designed their buildings in accordance with set criteria and in close collaboration with KCAP/ASTOC. Only in this way was it possible to develop a dense, urban architectonic complex, one that would otherwise have been doomed to failure by the diverse ambitions of the various parties involved.
In collaboration with KCAP Architects&Planners, Rotterdam / Kraaijvanger & Urbis, Rotterdam / Juurlink & Geluk, Rotterdam / Rietveld Architects LLP, New York / Van Aken Architectuur, Eindhoven / A+D+P Architecten, Deventer, Amsterdam
Photographer: Jan Bitter, Berlin
City of Eindhoven
Planning and Realisation
Masterplan / Supervision 1997
Planning garage 1997-1999
Realization garage 2000-2003
GFA Office: 55.000 sqm / GFA garage: 30.000 sqm / 1,9 hectares
Nol van den Boer, Niels Frerichmann, Johannes Groote, Kees de Jong, Norbert Philippen, Wim van der Torre, Ruud Westra, Robert WetzelsDownload Factsheet