The Matrix building started out in 1965 as accommodation for the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry (CE&C). Today it is being used by the Equipment & Prototype Center (EPC), TU/e innovation Space (iSP) and a section of the department of CE&C.
Renovation period: 2014 - 2018 (Design: inbo architecten)
The new Matrix has a spatial layout with new fronts featuring glazing from floor to ceiling with maximum contact and maximum transparence. The users of Matrix, i.e. the Equipment & Prototype Center (EPC) and innovation Space (iISP), are center stage and are to be reckoned with. For this reason room has been created at the entrance around a new void for receptions, exhibitions and events. This void forms the functional and spatial connection to the 1st floor.
The EPC makes custom-made arrangements and prototypes for research in various areas. It can now do so in the new high-quality workplaces on the transparent ground floor, next to the research arrangement of the department of CE&C.
iSP is the expertise center for challenge-oriented learning and student entrepreneurship at TU/e. A learning center for educational innovation and an open community where knowledge is exchanged.
Matrix has become an exciting and inspiring place for education and for building experiments, visible for everybody and a place where researchers, makers and students meet. Once again it is a self-evident place on the campus, where fundamental knowledge and research are made visible in practice.
Original building period: 1957 – 1965 (Design: ir. S.J. Van Embden)Ori
Originally Matrix was designed as a hall for certain research functions. The campus as it was designed by Van Embden is characterized by a system of walkways, which provide access to and connect the buildings on the first floor. The Matrix building occupies a special position in this respect as a dynamic node amidst larger buildings. Through various adaptations over the years it has lost its functional and spatial setup. However, after the renovation in 2018 it regained its position as a dynamic node on the campus.