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Bunker Tower

Program

Residential, offices, grand cafe

Schedule

2016-2022

Status

In development

Size

32,000m2

Story

Formerly used as student center by Eindhoven University of Technology, the striking Bunker building will triumphally be reborn as an iconic residential tower. Combining bold architecture with innovative landscaping, Bunker Tower sets a new standard for the urban living experience in Eindhoven.

Philosophy

The transformation of the Bunker combines modern architecture with the cultural heritage of post war architecture. It offers a unique opportunity for Eindhoven to grow without losing sight of the city’s past and identity.

The Idea

Bunker Tower breathes new life into an old, vacant building with a rich history. The centerpiece of the (re)development is a 100-meter-high brutalist style residential tower,

which stands out as a new city icon. The surrounding park, generous and publicly accessible, invites residents and visitors to relax and enjoy. Bunker Tower has all the makings of becoming a new hotspot for living, working and leisure at the north side of the Central Station.

Nanne de Ru
Architect Powerhouse Company

"The building represents an important post war architecture style - brutalism.
We have managed to create a modern building, whilst respecting the architect's legacy of Huig Maaskant"

Ways of making impact

Initially designed by the Dutch architect Huig Maaskant in the 1960s, the brutalist architecture of the Bunker is etched in the collective memory of Eindhoven. Instead of demolishing the former student center, BunkerToren reflects and pays homage to its past architectural identity. Several architectural elements of the existing structure are embedded in the new design, which creates an “inseparable whole” in which the old and new structures merge.

Bridging between the city center and the north side of the city’s Central Station, the renewed Bunker functions as a catalyst for future development. As Eindhoven’s center of gravity shifts north, local facilities and thereby the living conditions in the area will also thrive.

Bunker Tower promotes a healthy lifestyle and enables community building through the use of mobile applications, encouraging residents to interact and socialize. This allows the building to operate more as a vertical neighborhood rather than an individual building.

The new landscape surrounding the Bunker Tower will become part of the green wedge ‘de Karpen’ – connecting the city center and the city’s surrounding green areas. This green addition – which makes a significant contribution to making Eindhoven rainproof – reflects a valuable place to stay for new and existing residents.

Partners

RED Company
Borghese Real Estate
Powerhouse Company
Van Wijnen
DELVA Landscape Architecture & Urbanism

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