BRAINPORT INDUSTRIES CAMPUS II
The Eindhoven Brainport region will gain a new, innovative and sustainable icon with the Brainport Industries Campus II. Commissioned by SDK Vastgoed, Barcode Architects and VAN AKEN Concepts, Architecture & Engineering designed the factory building as a 17 ha 'Factory of the Future II': a place with shared facilities where many different companies within the high-tech manufacturing industry can come together and learn from each other, and where an innovative working environment goes hand in hand with exercise and nature. The landscape plan designed by Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners and the built environment form a whole and tell the story of BIC II.
Eindhoven, the Netherlands
2022 - ongoing
Van Aken Concepts, Architecture & Engineering BV (architect, engineer), Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners (landscape architect), the Municipality of Eindhoven, Plomp (images)
Caro van de Venne, Tim Brans, Dimitrios Gerardus Andrinopoulos, Emily Sibing Yang, Lorenzo Della Monaca
The Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) is a key link within the brainport region of Eindhoven, which was named the world's smartest region in 2011. Located directly on the A2/N2 motorway and Eindhoven Airport, BIC is the epicentre of the high-tech manufacturing industry. An international campus where technology, education, developing and making, meeting and learning, and high-quality facilities come together within one area. Following the successful opening of Brainport Industries Campus I (BIC I) in 2019, Brainport Industries Campus II (BIC II) is the second development of the campus, where a total of six buildings will be realised.
Despite the generous size of BIC II, the building handles space efficiently and shows a human scale to its surroundings. This is due to its characteristic architecture: an ensemble of 25-metre-wide and approximately 200 to 350-metre-long horizontal modules, the stripes. These stripes are a subtle reference to the factory's linear production process. By pushing in and then pulling out the stripes, the building responds to the protected nature around it and allows BIC II to accommodate companies of different sizes. Three stripes are omitted: one for logistic connection and two for educational and green learning paths. As a matter of course, this also creates a phasing of three parts, allowing the huge building to grow logically over time. The characteristic architecture is further enhanced by an illuminated shop window at the end of each stripe - this is how BIC II presents itself on the A2/N2 as a business card for Eindhoven.
The knowledge-intensive manufacturing industry is characterised by the production of technically complex products in small volumes. A special feature of BIC II is that companies can use various flexible and shared facilities, such as catering, clean rooms, meeting and server rooms, and solutions for storage and logistics. Convenient for start-ups and scale-ups, for example, which do not have the same resources as established companies. The shared facilities face the campus path: a diagonal and publicly accessible connection right through the complex that also connects to a diagonal path to BIC I, thus creating a route across the entire campus. Finally, in BIC II, as in BIC I, education will again be prominent on campus.
BIC II encourages healthy working and believes in encounters as a catalyst for innovation. Bicycle use is encouraged by high-quality, indoor bicycle parking facilities at the entrances. Moreover, by separating the parking garages from the building and opening them up right next to the exit, the area remains free of car traffic as much as possible. After parking, walking along the green learning paths to the entrances of the buildings allows you to meet other users. The learning paths are a central element in the landscape design by Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners. They are not only intended for users; visitors can also walk them and thus learn about the high-tech manufacturing industry interactively and educationally. The green environment invites the generations of the future, thus captivating, binding, and retaining talent.
Caro van de Venne, partner
"BIC II is not an anonymous box along the motorway, but an inviting building, embedded in the Brabant landscape. Circular solutions for area, building, and use guarantee long-term success and increase opportunities. Around BIC I and BIC II, a community will emerge that continuously breathes and adapts to changes, so that the smartest region can remain the smartest. This will make BIC II a sustainable icon for the manufacturing industry and truly the Factory of the Future."