The monumental Bunker Tower from Hugh Maaskant has been completely renovated and expanded with a monumental residential 100-meter high-rise. For years, the Bunker was the vibrant heart of the Eindhoven student life. With the renovation the Bunker gets a new lease on life: the Bunker Tower and the surrounding Bunker Park give a new impetus to the neighborhood and the city.
A contemporary take on a Brutalist monument
The building was originally the mensa and fraternity building of the TU Eindhoven. Over the years, the students gave the brutalist building a nickname: the Bunker. We preserved the best aspects of Hugh Maaskant’s original, using it as a launchpad for our development. The Bunker is a brutalist classic with powerful lines, robust materials, and massive volumes. The addition of a residential tower made the renovation possible and gives this historical place a new lease on life. The design brings together the tower and the original structure. Rather than working around the monument, we chose a daring continuation of the Maaskant style.
A bold solution
The asymmetrical and tapering shape gives the Bunker Tower a different perspective from every angle. Through three different sections, the building becomes progressively lighter and more transparent toward the top. The large areas of glass at the top of the tower symbolize the opening of the closed Bunker and offer the new residents a magnificent view of the city of Eindhoven.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
FUTURE PROOFING THE BUNKER
The Bunker Park is an important element in the design and strengthens the tree green axes that characterize Eindhoven. DELVA transformed the existing parking facility into a spacious public park. The design of the seating and routing throughout the park uses the same visual language as the tower. The greenery on and around the Bunker Tower acts as a water buffer, and the use of local plans strengthens the biodiversity. We made the original Bunker future-proof, adding a green roof and solar panels.
Realizing an iconic project like this is only possible with a great team. That’s why we work with a group of ambitious partners.
- Co-development Being
- Architecture Powerhouse Company
- Construction Van Wijnen
- Engineering Deerns
- Consultancy RHO
- Landscape & urban design Delva
- Consultancy IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs
- Project management DVP
- Photography Sebastian van Damme
- Photography Marcel IJzerman