UNStudio in Winning Consortium for Landmark Congress Centre UNStudio in Winning Consortium for Landmark Congress Centre
News - 12 May 2021

UNStudio in Winning Consortium for Landmark Congress Centre

UNStudio is among the members of the winning consortium for a new state-of-the-art congress and conference centre to be built in the Dutch city of Eindhoven.

The Elysion Consortium was selected by a multidisciplinary assessment committee on April 29 as the winner of a competition for a world-class congress and conference centre to be built as part of Congress Brainport Eindhoven, one of the leading innovative technology regions in Europe.

The aim of the development is to enhance Brainport Eindhoven’s international positioning as an inspiring region of technology, design and knowledge.

The competition, launched in 2020, sought proposals for the design of a highly visible building, in addition to finding a consortium that can design, build, finance and operate a congress and conference centre on an international level.

To form the Elysion Consortium, DVP (Diepenhorst de Vos and Partners) brought in UNStudio as lead architect, with Van der Valk as client/operator and Huybregts Relou as contractor. Together with Van der Valk’s design team (consisting of Tielemans for structure and Quant Architecture), the group was completed with additional specialists in theatre technology and acoustics (PBTA), MEP and BREEAM, (DVP Smart Concepts), cost consultancy (ISIS bouwadvies) and future congress (Sixfingers). The full list of consortium members can be seen on the project page.

The consortium's ambition is to expand the existing multifunctional space to a total area of 4,000m2 and add a new 1,500 capacity flexible auditorium with a vertical foyer, housing breakout spaces and catering areas.

In the submission, we proposed taking a sustainable approach to extending the current Van der Valk Congress and Event location, which also houses hotel and restaurant facilities and is located at the border of ‘Genneper Parken’, a large green space that enjoys excellent connections to both Eindhoven Airport and the city centre. With this approach, the proposal allows for the renovation of existing facilities, thereby limiting its impact on both the city centre and the environment.

The new congress centre is part of the Region Deal Brainport Eindhoven, from which €7 million has been approved for its realisation.

The ambition is for this new facility to be completed in 2025.

Read the full press release here.

Explore the project in more detail here.

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