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The Challenge

The current station neighborhood on the edge of Eindhoven’s shopping district is highly fragmented; a look that is not befitting of a city with a reputation as a high-tech center of design and knowledge. Eindhoven is also growing rapidly and urgently needs new housing, retail, hospitality and study options. The city authorities were looking for a comprehensive solution that would meet all these needs and make Eindhoven a sustainable, innovative and economic hotspot.

The Solution

Developer Amvest’s plans for District E provided the solution for this neighborhood, with three towers at heights of 76 to 158 meters creating a powerful visual impact. District E aligns perfectly with Brainport Eindhoven and offers plenty of space and opportunities for technology, design and knowledge. With their flexible architecture and installation technology, the towers also fit perfectly with the downtown area and the larger buildings along the rail track and on the university campus. In addition, the renovated station neighborhood will soon accommodate 450 homes (including social housing), a hotel, workplaces, study areas, retail and hospitality options, along with spaces for debate, meetings and exhibitions.


    District E will also bring huge benefits for road users. The existing roads prevent efficient traffic flow and will therefore be incorporated into a shared space that will also provide more room for cyclists. A circular cycle ramp will lead to underground parking for 4,500 bicycles. Pedestrian safety has also been taken into account, with a circular pavement design emphasizing the different pathway directions. The plan also factors in the extreme weather conditions resulting from climate change. During heavy rain showers, for example, water will drain into a large underground water tank that will be used for cooling on hot days. The square will be planted with a wide variety of trees and will also house a water course, water playgrounds and a waterfall. 

    During the tender phase, Arcadis contributed to the plans for mobility and traffic solutions. We also developed the construction principles, including the concept for building materials, the installations, the heat and cold storage system and the pipework. Moreover, we advised on noise issues, external safety with regard to the rail track, the sustainability concept and an integral water concept. We will also develop the installation concept for the new building on behalf of Amvest.  

The Impact

District E will transform the fragmented and cluttered station neighborhood on the edge of Eindhoven’s shopping district into a modern, safe and sustainable residential area. Road users will benefit from improved traffic flow and the city will gain much-needed new living space and study and leisure options. This extensive project will provide an extra boost to Eindhoven's image as a center for technology, design and knowledge. The renovated station neighborhood will become a destination in its own right for Eindhoven's residents and visitors alike.

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