Eindhoven is a city in the province of North Brabant in the south Netherlands. Known as a technology and design hub, it’s the birthplace of Philips electronics, which built the Philips Stadium, home to the PSV football team. The Philips Museum traces the company's design history.
Author: Sophie Braglia
Neckerspoel 3, 5611 AD Eindhoven, NL
Did you know that Eindhoven train station looks like a old fashion Philips radio with frequency display, speaker, antenna and dialing-wheel? It was design in 1956 by the architect Karel Hendrik van Brederode. The train station in Philips’ hometown is the busiest station outside the Randstad area, hosting over 80,000 travellers each day.
Kleine Berg 49, 5611 JS Eindhoven, NL
De Kleine Berg Eindhoven is one of the three famous shopping streets of the so-called Quartier Vivant of Eindhoven, the "De Bergen" district. In this artistic heart of Eindhoven, you will find galleries, art, boutiques, the trendiest fashion stores, and restaurants.
In recent years work has been done on a redesign plan for the Kleine Berg. This was done together with a working group (entrepreneurs and residents) from the neighborhood. The final design was presented to residents and entrepreneurs of De Bergen in April 2017.
Supervisor Winy Maas was appointed in September 2017. He advises on spatial developments in the city center. He also helps to give the public space more uniformity and quality. This applies, for example, to the redesign of the entire core shopping area (red stone area) and the Stratumseind. You can find more information about this at Captivating City Center.
We want more unity and coherence in the public space of the central area. In this way, the city center forms more a whole. That is why we are looking at whether the choices for the red stone area and Stratumseind are also suitable for adjacent areas such as De Bergen.
The municipality must first decide on this. Then we can start a new design process and adjust the design for the Kleine Berg.
Noord Brabantlaan 56, 5651 LZ Eindhoven, NL
The Evoluon is a discuss-shaped building in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, designed by architects Louis Kalff and Leo de Bever. The futuristic on a flying soccer-like dome measuring 77 m in diameter and the concrete of the dome by 169 kilometers tension cable is held in place. The building is used for exhibitions and as a conference and event center. It was designated as a national monument in 2018.
Klokgebouw 50, 5617 AB Eindhoven, NL
The clock building is a striking landmark for the traveler who trains into the city from the north. Since Eindhoven memory. The Philitefabriek - in Philips jargon building SA - was completed in 1929, after a design by business architect JR Bouten. An impressive exclamation mark behind the unstoppable development of industrial Eindhoven.
The Klokgebouw is now the location for numerous (creative) events and companies.
Kruisstraat 96, 5612 CL Eindhoven, NL
The Kruisstraat and associated Woenselse Markt are the nicest part of the Woensel neighborhood, if not one of the nicest parts of Eindhoven. This shopping street is just outside the center of Eindhoven, north of the Beursgebouw and the railway line.
The Kruisstraat and the Woenselse Markt are without a doubt the most multicultural part of Eindhoven. This melting pot is always bustling and it is coming and going of all kinds of people. Here you will find, for example, a Turkish greengrocer, a Surinamese Roti shop, an Italian sandwich shop, an Asian supermarket, but also the Woensel baker and various supermarkets. You will also find the necessary nice restaurants here, with kitchens from all over the world.
Professor Doctor Dorgelolaan 8, 5613 AM Eindhoven, NL
The tunnel walls are lined with images of the Minister of Silly Walks himself, a sight sure to delight any diehard Monty Python fan. The tunnel is a tribute to John Cleese, the star character in the “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch. Though the Flying Circus episode first aired in 1970, the classic British comedy still maintains its beloved place in popular culture.
Giant pictures of Cleese in various stages of his silly walk fill the Dutch tunnel. The images teach you how to start, step, tread or gallop and use accessories like a briefcase, umbrella, or hat while passing through. Attempting to mimic his movements—or add your own kicks, wobbles, and turns—makes for an entertainingly silly commute.
Two street artists opened the tunnel in 2016, and Cleese himself visited the city for its opening day. His autograph is on the wall, near an image of him as he appeared in the 1970 sketch.
De Remise 23, 5611 CX Eindhoven, NL
The Effenaar is a pop venue in the center of Eindhoven. It has been around since 1971 and has become one of the larger pop venues in the Netherlands.
The Effenaar has two rooms. The large room, with a capacity of 1300 people, is intended for larger bands/acts. The small room (400 people) is suitable for smaller and/or regional bands.
In the old Effenaar many great national and international names have played over the years, such as The Ramones, The Cure, Joy Division, Sex Pistols, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, Queens of the Stone Age and Lil Wayne.
De Effenaar was founded in 1971 as an Open Youth Center by young people with a socially critical attitude. The Youth Center was located in the abandoned linen factory of Van den Briel & Verster. Originally it was called Para +. The name Effenaar refers to the linen factory, where there was a machine for smoothing materials: the smoother. Evenings were organized in the Effenaar where young people could express their dissatisfaction with society, politics and their parents. After five years it was decided to let the Effenaar develop more in the direction of culture, but the focus remained on social criticism and politics.
After a few years, social functions became more and more distant and more time was devoted to programming music. The emphasis increasingly shifted to purely cultural activities. In 1986 it was decided to broaden the target group and to make the character more open and friendly. As a result, very diverse audience groups were drawn and it grew to the top of the Dutch pop circuit.
Because the Effenaar wanted to keep running in this top, it was decided to build a new one. In 2005, the new building designed by the Rotterdam architectural firm MVRDV was opened at the location of the old building. The old building was open during the new construction, with the exception of the last few months. The new large room is considerably larger than the room of the old Effenaar. The small room is smaller than in the old Effenaar.
Director Marijke Appelboom was named the best music venue in the Netherlands during the Gala of Pop Music, in May 2009 in Amsterdam. For this, she received the award 'The Iron Stage Animal'.
Vestdijk 27, 5611 CA Eindhoven, NL
The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) represents more than 3,200 member companies in the SME-dominated mechanical and systems engineering industry in Germany and Europe.
The mechanical and plant engineering sector is developing solutions to meet today’s major challenges – day after day. The mechanical and plant engineering sector is Germany’s largest employer with 1,35 million employees, and it is the backbone of the German economy.
The industry’s approximately 6,400 companies make the mechanical and plant engineering sector in Germany a driver for innovation and thus a guarantor for growth and prosperity. Mechanical engineering is one of the most research-intensive industrial sectors in Germany and accounts for approximately 10 percent of the expenditure on research and development by the economy as a whole.
Smalle Haven 7, 5611 EH Eindhoven, NL
The ‘DOWN TOWN’ gourmet market is an eclectic eating and gatherings sanctuary. Based in the centre of the number one design and technology city; Eindhoven.
We are present since April 2017. The market brings 21 individual eateries; chef driven or fast casual concepts, around a social hub and two central bars.
The hub is stylish and has an open seating area. This space is expansive yet intimate. We bring the outdoors indoors. Our patio is cozy, sounds of the city mixed with small talk and laughter.
The ‘premier artisanal food purveyors’ are driven by passion. Together these members of the DOWN TOWN ‘coöperation’ supply an eclectic mix of meals and bites. These professionals, cooking enthusiasts, students, internationals, friends, and families commit to the most important goal of the market; TO SERVE QUALITY and bring a smile.
You only have to conquer a seat and order your drinks and food. We supply an inspirational environment, good music, friendly service and once in a while some entertainment. Meet your family friends and business relations at DOWN TOWN.
Stratumseind 57a, 5611 EV Eindhoven, NL
The Stratumseind, also known as Stratum (not to be confused with the Stratum district ), is a street in the center of Eindhoven. The street is 225 meters long and runs from the Catharinakerk to the Dommelbrug.
The Stratumseind was the southern exit road that connected the city of Eindhoven with Stratum and later became part of the road that connected 's-Hertogenbosch with Liège. Parallel to the Dommel, which formed the boundary of the city, the Oude Stadsgracht or Molenwater ran here, to the Stratumse Watermolen, which lay west of the bridge on the Dommel and was filled in at the beginning of the 20th century. People left the city via Stratumseind via Stratumse Poort, one of the five city gates that Eindhoven knew. At the end of the 19th century, a horse tram ran through the street.
In addition to industrial companies, such as tanneries and cigar factories, there were traditionally many small businesses in the street, such as butchers, furniture stores, hat shops , steam-bread factory De Contante Betaler, clothing store Peek & Cloppenburg and various hairdressing salons, and moreover, since 1888 , a trade in sewing machines of all systems . There were also a few cafés back then, but in the 70s of the 20th century, one after the other non-catering business had to leave the field and a series of entertainment venues appeared in the street.
Van Abbe Museum
Bilderdijklaan 17, 5611 NG Eindhoven, NL
The Van Abbemuseum is a museum for modern and contemporary art in the center of Eindhoven. The museum was opened in 1936. The Van Abbemuseum is named after its founder Henri van Abbe. Van Abbe was a lover of modern art and wanted Eindhoven to enjoy it. In 2010, the museum's collection houses more than 2,700 works of art, of which around 1,000 are works on paper, 700 paintings and 1,000 sculptures, installations and video works.
The museum is in possession of one of the largest collections of artworks worldwide by the Russian El Lissitzky. It also features works by Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky.
Markt 22a, 5611 EC Eindhoven, NL
The Markt is a square in the center of Eindhoven. This square became part of the city early on when the city was still a settlement. In particular, from the year 1232, when Eindhoven acquired city and market rights, the square played an important role in trade. As the name suggests, various markets often took place here. Even today there is a small antique market on Saturday. Nowadays the Market primarily serves a social function, catering and terraces dominate the square. In addition, Heuvel Galerie shopping center with facilities such as the Holland Casino and the Frits Philips Music Center can be reached via this square.
Various grand cafés and restaurants are located on the Markt. There is also a carousel permanently on the square.
Mathildelaan, 5611 BJ Eindhoven, NL
In 1891, Frederik Philips and his son Gerard set up a small-scale incandescent lamp factory in a textile factory on Emmasingel. Philips & Co. The business is growing explosively and is spreading across the street. In the years 1909 - 1911 the western L-shaped part of the current Light Tower complex is built. In the period 1891 - 1921 the factory along the track is extended, with a bend to the current Emmasingel. A heptagonal tower rises at the head, where continuous life tests of light bulbs take place: the actual Light Tower. The Lichttoren is a special building, certainly also in an architectural historical sense. The functionality and efficiency, application of concrete, glass, and metal make it a model of New Objectivity. Honest, sincere and returning to the essence of the building.
St. Catherine's Church
Kerkstraat 2a, 5611 GJ Eindhoven, NL
The current St. Catherine's Church has had a predecessor in the same place. However, this church was directed to the east with its choir. Eindhoven was founded in 1232 and there were hardly any people living here before. The first residents of the newly founded town were part of the St. Peter's parish in Woensel . Only in 1240 was the St. Catherine's Church in Eindhoven mentioned for the first time. Eindhoven thus became an independent parish. In 1399 the St. Catherine's Church was even elevated to a collegiate church . In addition, she was the goal of pilgrimage to a statue of Our Lady Presentation . A cemetery was built near the church.
In the following centuries, the church became a regular target of acts of war: In 1486, it was set on fire by the Geldersen , and the restoration did not come to fruition until 1515. In 1526 the tower was blown over. In 1543 looting by the Geldersen followed again under the leadership of Maarten van Rossum and in 1554 the church was hit by a city fire. In 1566 an iconoclasm took place, destroying the statue of Maria Presentatie. This was later restored, but in 1648, as a result of the Peace of Münster , the church was revived by the Protestants and transformed into a Protestant church.
At the end of the 18th century, the French seized the church and successively established a courtroom, horse stable and bakery, home and military warehouse. In 1798 the building was returned to the Catholics, and in 1810 it was consecrated again. In 1836 the tower also came back into the possession of the parish. The building, once used by a parish of up to 3000 people, was found to be too small, an emergency church was taken into use and the old church was demolished, without any respect for the past. This was followed by the construction of the current neo-Gothic church, which was consecrated in 1867.
Vonderweg 12, 5611 BK Eindhoven, NL
The Philips Stadion is the home ground of PSV. This beautiful, modern stadium is located in the centre of Eindhoven, in exactly the same place where the sports park was located when the Philips Sport Vereniging was founded in 1913.
The Philips Stadion is known as one of the most beautiful stadiums in the Netherlands, amongst other things because of the stands that are so close to the playing surface, a fantastic pitch and fine facilities for the press and business relations. Its all-seater capacity is 35,000 and all seats are covered and heated.
John F Kennedylaan 2, 5612 AB Eindhoven, NL
The Flying Pins is a large public image in Eindhoven . It was designed by sculptors Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen and unveiled on 31 May 2000.
The Flying Pins is at the head of the John F. Kennedylaan on the south side of the street, corner Fellenoord.
It is a representation of a bowling ball with ten cones flying away. The artists saw a bowling alley (in the Kennedy bowling lane ) and so came to the idea. In the artists' vision, the dynamics of the sinking ball with the flying and sinking cones fit well with this busy point in Eindhoven. The yellow color of the cones was chosen by Van Bruggen and refers to the daffodils that brighten up Kennedylaan every spring.
The highest point of the artwork is approximately 8.5 meters high. The ball has a diameter of approximately 6.7 meters. The statue is made of steel and reinforced plastic with a polyester - polyurethane coating. The costs amounted to approximately (converted) € 1.1 million and were mainly paid by the Eindhoven business community.
Emmasingel 31-281, 5611 AW Eindhoven, NL
Right in the center of the city, where Gerard Philips made the first Philips light bulb in 1891, you can now find the Philips Museum. Here the story is told of 125 years of innovation and entrepreneurship in Eindhoven. Discover the latest technologies with the interactive 'Innovation and you' Experience and the iPad game Mission Eureka. Present, past and future come together in a contemporary and authentic way in this old factory, where former employees enthusiastically show you how Philips grew from an ambitious young company into a global player in the field of consumer electronics, lighting and health. Get inspired in the old workshop, where you can almost smell the production of the first light bulbs.
Piazza 52, 5611 AE Eindhoven, NL
The Piazza is located on 18 September square in Eindhoven, next to the Bijenkorf. There is a direct covered connection to the shopping center from the parking garage on Mathildelaan. The Piazza has, among other things, shops in the field of fashion, accessories, shoes, beauty, sports and art. The (modern) architecture is by the Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas . The shopping center has four floors that can be reached with escalators and glass lifts.
Emmasingel 11, 5611 AZ Eindhoven, NL
On ’18 September Square’ in the old city center of Eindhoven, you will find a futuristic building that stands out among its neighbors. It is called 'The Blob' and was designed by the Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas. The organically shaped glass and steel structure serve as the entrance to the wonderful 'The Admirant' shopping mall.
The futuristic structure and spacious interior are an eye-catching addition, to say the least, turning The Blob into a beacon in the city. It has rapidly become a popular meeting spot for Eindhoven locals. The structure is 25 meters high, covered in glass and steel. It stands shoulder to shoulder with the 'Philips light tower', linking it to the Admirant.
The Blob is flanked by two other structures in the same style that serves as the entrance to an underground bicycle garage, which accommodates up to 1,700 bicycles. Together the structures form an extraordinary piece of architecture that, once again, confirms Eindhoven’s image as a city that stimulates experimental design.