Commissioned by the City Council in conjunction with a project developer and a housing corporation, an extremely diverse program was realized in a problem area of Eindhoven known as Woensel-West. The project consists of fifty apartments, 3000 m2 of office space, studios, a market hall where stalls can be rented by the meter, a police post and a square for regulated prostitution.

On the side of the Baekelandplein, the complex has a hard and shiny exterior in order to block out the traffic on the ring road but it opens out behind this glossy shell onto a collective deck with parking space underneath. The prostitution plaza, a regulated version of a pre-existing activity, is turned away from the housing and lies to one side. The studios act as a buffer between this fringe of society and everyday life. The mix of unlikely functions together with the way in which the complex stands out from its surroundings makes the Baekelandplein a typical Eindhoven project, befitting of a city which is, in so many ways, more often characterised by contrast than harmony.

Project details

  • Start date
  • January 2001
  • End date
  • April 2004
  • Client
  • TrudoCRA VastgoedTiemstra Beheer
  • Dimensions
  • 7.800 m2
  • Photography
  • Arthur Bagen
  • Visualization
  • Details
  • Uitwerking kantoren i.s.m. Odeon architecten

Want to know more about this project?

Fabianne Riolo

Architect / Head of Design Team

+31 40 20 05 305E-mail