Strijp-S wins prestigious Golden Phoenix award in Area Transformation
Announced on the 4th of June, the 2013 Golden Phoenix awards recognize the three most outstanding examples of Area Transformation, Renovation and Transformation in the Netherlands. Strijp S was awarded the Golden Phoenix award in the Area Rransformation category.
Deputy jury chairman Jack de Leeuw thinks the record number of entries this year (92) demonstrates an “unambiguous increase in attention toward the existing” building fabric.
Submissions were rigorously assessed against a range of criteria, namely: durability, sublimation, sustainability, economy, innovation and social value. “We’re looking for real innovations” says sustainability juror Andy van den Dice. The Golden Phoenix is the only award in the Netherlands which is exclusively for the existing built environment.
West 8 designed the initial masterplan for the public private consortium, the key essence of which was to recycle the old buildings and to make Strijp S a multifunctional urban centre with vibrant contemporary culture and legacy architecture. Later West 8 went on to develop the design guidelines and public space plan.
Strijp S was praised for its “very gradual phasing, not only physically but also in duration. The crux of the project’s success lies in the good, comprehensive cooperation between the municipality and the commercial market, resulting in a flexible zoning.” Such an approach was made possible because Strijp S was one of the first projects to be notified in the Area Development Plans under the Crisis and Recovery Act.
West 8’s design for Park Strijp features a central esplanade at its core, the ‘Torenallee’ (tower alley), a sixty-meter wide urban axis that runs through the complex. The Torenallee functions as the new icon of public space for the city of Eindhoven. It is an esplanade of dense trees, public spaces, with unique street lighting and furniture, ornamental kiosks, and two sculptural buildings. At one end Torenallee connects perfectly to the city network and at the other it integrates seamlessly into the green park which defines the city’s edge. The allée offers the people of Eindhoven a ‘green route’ and a new city hub (sub-center) of meeting places, shops and various other recreational services.
The Torenallee also fronts the historical facades of three former Philips factory buildings, known as the Hoge Rug (high back). These monumental facades have been given a prominent space within the Park Strijp urban development plan. West 8’s design intent is bring the people back into the city by reconnecting the city with the historic Hoge Rug and beyond.
Parallel to Torenallee is the Kastanjelaan and the Philitelaan, two urban boulevards with wide profiles and a dense canopy of plane trees. High end residential development can now be found along these boulevards. Two triangle shaped urban spaces also designed by West 8 manifest along Philitelaan: a square surrounding The Ketelhuis (boilerhouse; a future restaurant) and a multi-purpose field at the start of the Hoge Rug displaying the chimney of the former glass factory and a war monument.
The very deliberate decision to limit the demolition of the existing building fabric created time to consider what the developments could bring and provided enormous opportunities for temporary use.
The Golden Phoenix judges were impressed by “Strijp-S, a new creative center for the city. With design, innovation and technology as a connecting factor between the High Tech Campus Eindhoven (technology) and the Technical University Eindhoven (knowledge).” Strijp S is a development which “has seen the light.”
West 8 is an award-winning international office for urban design and landscape architecture founded in 1987. Over the last 25 years West 8 has established itself as a leading practice with an international team of 70 architects, urban designers, landscape architects and industrial engineers. West 8 developed projects all over the world in places such as Copenhagen, London, Moscow, New York, Madrid, Toronto and Amsterdam. The office gained international recognition with projects such as Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam (NL), Borneo-Sporenburg in Amsterdam (NL), Chiswick Park in London (UK) and Expo ’02 in Yverdon-les-Bains (CH). Many of the projects are the result of groundbreaking entries in important international competitions. Recently won competitions include Toronto Waterfront in Toronto (CA), Governors Island in New York (USA) and Playa de Palma in Mallorca (ES).
Amongst the numerous awards received by West 8 are the Honor Award of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Lifetime Achievement Award for Architecture 2011, Mondriaan Fund (formerly BKVB), the International Urban Landscape Gold Award (IULA), the Prix de Rome, the Dutch Maaskant Award, the Bijhouwer Award, the Rosa Barba First European Landscape Prize, the Green Pin and the Veronica Rudge Green Prize for Urban Design.