High-tech work and residential complex in the Eindhoven region. The world’s largest wooden building. Location reserved and announced. The complex includes offices and workspaces, conference facilities, hospitality amenities, a hotel, short-stay facilities for knowledge workers and a park. It’s a place where people can work, live and encounter others in an environment that is as innovative and hi-tech as it is healthy and green. The Dutch Mountains will open late 2020 to early 2021.
The Dutch Mountains
The Dutch Mountains will be hosting features including a large park, public facilities, short-stay facilities, a conference centre and commercial premises. The complex will also include all sorts of hitech innovations making it representative of what some are dubbing ‘the smartest region in the world’. The building will be optimally self-sufficient, featuring closed cycles for energy, water, waste and materials. One of the objectives is to use solid wood to construct the building because of the positive effect on CO2 deposition. The Dutch Mountains will be the largest wooden building in the world.
The Dutch Mountains will be a total service system. Light, heating, food, furniture, installations and even the façades are provided as services within the project. This means it will be possible to replace software as well as hardware over the course of time. For example, the façade generates energy; if a smarter façade becomes available in the future that produces more energy than the current one, it will replace the old one which will be recycled or processed. Moreover, the complex is completely
data-driven and experience-directed which adds to its upgradeability. Plus the environment can be constantly adjusted: spaces can be given a different function from one day to the next and sections of the building can adapt to changing market conditions.
World Changing Idea
It is particularly remarkable that from its inception the concept has been developed by tech companies and service providers who are normally only involved much further down the development chain. Together they are developing a new ‘white label’ service concept: an integral ‘ecosystem’ of services and technologies built around the user. This new service concept enables individual users to reside as pleasurably, comfortably and healthily as possible in the building – every user can regulate their own, personalized environment. In this sense The Dutch Mountains reduces the distance between users and service providers than any other platform. Source by Studio Marco Vermeule.
- Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Architect: Studio Marco Vermeulen
- Partner: BLOC, Urban XChange
- Developing partner: Strukton Worksphere
- Co-developers: Asito, Beveco, Dell-EMC, HEYDAY and SPIE
- Knowledge partners: Arup and Off Road Innovations
- Year: 2018
- Images: Courtesy of Lennart Graaff
Article by Marco Rinaldi