Working Landscape Ekkersrijt
Son en BreugelBusiness park design
Ekkersrijt business park (municipality of Son en Breugel) has a large diversity of businesses. The site of 260 hectares lies on the A50, to the north boundary of the city of Eindhoven. Key areas are Science Park Eindhoven Ekkersrijt and Meubelplein Ekkersrijt. On Ekkersrijt are approximately 300 businesses located with a combined amount of nearly 10,000 employees. Ekkersrijt sees a whole new phase coming towards it, causing critical questions about potential future use and development.
The questions about potential and future use of Ekkersrijt are fundamental. The existing Ekkersrijt Master Plan dates from 2004 and no longer provides adequate answers. The ongoing developments also no longer require the consolidation of the existing situation. They require a search for a possible new identity of Ekkersrijt as a working landscape in the 21st century and the spatial and programmatic tasks that result from it. With this in mind, Ekkersrijt Industry Council, Brainport Development Company and the Province of Noord-Brabant have taken the joint initiative to create a future vision for Ekkersrijt.
The Ekkersrijt business park has the prospect of growing from the current inconspicuous and mediocre peripheral zone for companies and furniture stores to an exciting environment where work is interspersed with other surprising forms of urban use.
At Ekkersrijt, the principle applies that working is fully integrated into urban life. Here it does not feel that companies are tucked away, but are accessible to everyone. The open work landscape has a design that invites companies and employees for innovation and interaction. Companies and employees are very involved in their work environment- they are initiatives of new and surprising use of the work landscape. The Work Landscape thus grows into a Free Living Landscape- a new type of urban landscape with quirky traits.