Total Engineering Main Building TU/e Awarded

The Main Building of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is going to be completely renovated to become transparent and energy efficient. Team RSVP, consisting of Team V Architectuur, Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Valstar Simonis and Peutz, won the tender process set out by the TU for the ‘total engineering’. The building will become an inviting campus entree and a showcase of innovation and technology.

The Main Building was designed in the sixties by the architect and urban development expert Van Embden and it is an important link in the collection of buildings of the TU/e campus. Although it is of high architectonic quality, the building has not worn well in terms of comfort and sustainability. By combining its existing qualities with state-of-the-art materials and techniques, the renovated building has the potential to achieve a BREEAM-NL Outstanding certificate.

The starting points for the winning design were an optimum use of the existing construction, the maximum use of daylight and saving energy. The building of 16 floors and a surface area of more than 44,000 m2 will be stripped and equipped with new, energy-efficient installations and a curtain wall of super-isolating glass.

The design envisages a new, connecting staircase in the centre of the building, which will climb irregularly and as a zigzag from the ‘red carpet’ (the campus-wide, connecting footbridge system) to the top floor. Halls, labs and meeting places will be connected to the staircase: teaching and research will be visible and connected to each other.

After the renovation, the building will accommodate the Industrial Design and Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, the Executive Council, the University Club and eight supporting services.

Stripping and any decontamination of the building will start mid-January. The modernised building will be in use in 2018.