Atlas building wins Dirk Roosenburg Prize 2019

October 28, 2019
Photo: Bart van Overbeeke

The biennial architecture prize of the Municipality of Eindhoven was awarded by alderman Yasin Torunoglu in the NatLab on the Kastanjelaan on Friday 25 October. The building of Atlas, one of the 10 nominees, won both the jury prize and the public prize. The jury praised, among other things, the innovative design and sustainable character of the building. The Dirk Roosenburg prize has been awarded since 1989.

According to the jury, the design by Team RSVP (Team V, Van Rossum, Valstart Simonis and Peutz) for Atlas, with its 'special attention to sustainability and clear and powerful architecture', is the 'showpiece of the transformation of the TU/e Campus' into 'an open science park of international standing'. Another important aspect for the jury was the supervision by a TU/e quality committee with representatives of cultural history, architecture and urban planning, and landscape.

Team RSVP 'combines respect for the architecture of Van Embden with innovative and daring architectural interventions', according to the jury report. The most far-reaching change is the construction of the central red staircase that zigzags right through the building. As a result, this seemingly simple intervention literally forms the centrepiece of the building.

Sustainable

Moreover, the building is one of the most sustainable schools in the world. This is due to the reuse but also to the addition of a smart glass facade, a healthy working environment, lots of daylight and energy-efficient systems for heating, lighting and solar panels. The jury is also positive about the interior design that was carefully designed by the same design team.

The Dirk Roosenburg Prize is named after the architect (1887-1962) who worked a lot for Philips. He designed for example the Witte Dame, the Philips Bedrijfsschool Kastanjelaan, the Natlab at Strijp-S and was also involved in the design of the Lichttoren.