Philips Lighting has moved from the inner city of Eindhoven to three buildings at the High Tech Campus. Within a partnership between Inbo, JHK Architects and LAVA is the renovation of the buildings designed. The most radical transformation took place in building HTC48. WPI concept, in which "the new act" is translated by Philips, is in this building the first pilot within Philips also used for laboratory environments, "WPI for R & D."
HTC 48 building dates from the 60s and is one of the first Natlabgebouwen Philips. The building of approximately 20,000 m² has been completely renovated and transformed while retaining the characteristic elements of a new Research and Development environment (in accordance with the WorkPlace Innovation concept) and the Lighting Application Center (LAC).
The original building consists of a rectangular building volume containing three patios and on the first floor two separate wings (east and west) which alone are connected via the ground floor with each other. With the addition of a new atrium in the central patio the building sections with each other are connected, and there is a place to meet each other. This spectacular fluid space in which light plays a major role, will be at the heart of Philips Lighting. Here visitors are received and can be (slightly) demonstrations and large gatherings. At the atrium and the site of the former southern patio housed the LAC. Shown here in a number of thematic areas demo the different possibilities and innovations in the field of relief to thousands of visitors.
Around the atrium are the working environment: a combination of specific laboratories and generic workplace in accordance with the WPI concept. Because of the high floor level looks the environment light and spacious, despite a high concentration of workplaces. In its "Centers of Gravity" people meet. These recognizable shape spots combine dynamic features and offer all the necessary facilities also space for knowledge sharing and informal consultations. In the central areas of the building are the "Focus Units", with spaces for telephoning, concentration and deliberation. This space separating elements contribute to peace in the more open and flexible working environment. Acoustic comfort is provided by suspended ceiling islands. The building technique is subservient to the WPI concept allowing flexible working for all types of workplaces as possible.