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OMA Designs Development Inspired by Eindhoven’s past as City of Light

Infra News - Published on Tue, 10 Dec 2019

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The Office for Metropolitan Architecture has won a contract to modernise the unused Van der Meulen-Ansemsterrein, industrial buildings in Eindhoven and its surrounding area. The Dutch firm’s design for the project will create a mixed-use development with areas dedicated to housing, technology companies and public areas. The stacked structures will have lower blocks with glass facades inspired by Eindhoven’s industrial architecture, and the upper levels will have sustainable features such as green walls and solar panels. There will also be a five-storey building, wrapped around a micro-forest, that will offer co-working space. A public walkway will connect the VDMA’s levels with Eindhoven city centre.

Historically important spaces, such as the site’s 19th-century match factory, will be returned to their original state and house cultural, educational, and retail facilities. Residential and office areas will be created in stacked towers.

Van der Meulen-Ansemsterrein is comprised of a collection of industrial heritage buildings, including a 19th century match factory representative of Eindhoven’s early history as the City of Light, and the city’s first parking garage from the late 1920s—part of Eindhoven’s modernising initiatives. Currently partly unused, VDMA has the potential to once again become a significant hub for innovation.

The VDMA masterplan proposes transformation of the site into a mixed-use area that will address local housing needs, accommodate leading technology companies and introduce exciting public spaces. The revitalised VDMA will feature a Brainport Frontdesk supporting creative initiatives, a sustainability hub, and a Micro Forest—a dense green space that nurtures local vegetation species.

Historically significant structures will be transformed into cultural spaces, while new buildings for residential and office usage will be created. The existing match factory—one of the most important buildings on site—will be restored to its original state to house cultural, education, and retail programs. The garage will be transformed into a flexible public space that can be configured for exhibitions, events and theatre performances.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 10 Dec 2019
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