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Light development in Strijp-s. Masterplan for the former Philips industrial plants in Eindhoven (NL)

Paola Oberto

Light development in Strijp-s. Masterplan for the former Philips industrial plants in Eindhoven (NL).

Rel. Matteo Robiglio, Stefano Paolo Corgnati. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea specialistica in Architettura (Costruzione), 2012


This thesis has been carried out in three steps. The first one consisted in the collection of documents and information regarding the history of Eindhoven and the development of Philips & Co. in the city, with a particular focus on the project area, Strijp-s. Starting from the critical issues of the masterplan West 8 for that area, an alternative masterplan was developed.

The following step was deeply connected with the necessity of finding architectural and technological solutions concerning the materials involved. To achieve this goal the inspiration carne from biomimicry. An important part of the research was thus focused on the field of biomimicry, investigating the relationship between the vegetal and animal world and the solutions in the field of architecture which imitate natural mechanisms. The research led to the discovery of new innovative materials and the possibility of combining them with more traditional solutions. The element which inspired the future image of the architectures in the project was the cocoon and its thermoregulatory envelope. The material which imitates its properties at best is ETFE.

The final step regarded the architectural design and the construction System for both new and existing buildings in the area. In this last part, the sustainable aspect of the project is emphasized by reporting the calculations related to the energy certification, the heat pumps, the pv panels, the solar panels, the mechanical ventilation and the rainfall collection, all elements involved in the design.

Relators: Matteo Robiglio, Stefano Paolo Corgnati
Publication type: Printed
Subjects: A Architettura > AQ Functional spaces of the dwelling
R Restauro > RC Restauro urbano
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea specialistica in Architettura (Costruzione)
Classe di laurea: UNSPECIFIED
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/2704


Part 1

1.1 Eindhoven and Philips

1.1.1 Eindhoven, a city born from the union of six villages

1.1.2 Philips in Eindhoven: development of a city around the industry

1.2 Strijp-S: The Project Area

1.2.1 Masterplan West 8

1.2.2 Critical issues of the masterplan West 8

1.2.3 Strijp-s: a new proposal for the redevelopment


2.1 Biomimicry and Technology: Materials

2.1.1 What is biomimicry?

2.1.2 Structures of the natural world as a model for materials

2.1.3 Smart materials: adaptation of materials to external conditions .

2.1.4 Lightness and innovation: membranes and textile architecture

2.2 Natural Envelope

2.2.1 Interaction between organisms and their environment The shape The membrane The regulation of material and immaterial flows

2.2.2 The envelope in nature: a natural filter

2.3 Biomimicry and Construction Materials in the Building Envelope

2.3.1 Analogy nature-architecture: the 'skin' of buildings

2.3.2 Inspiration from the animal world - examples

2.3.3 Inspiration from the vegetal world - examples

2.4 Biomimicry and Technology: ETFE

2.4.1 The world of insects as model: the cocoon and the metamorphosis

2.4.2 The artificial envelope: ETFE History and development of the material Characteristics of the material Technical solutions with ETFE Applications of ETFE: examples


3.1 The Architectural Design and the use of ETFE

3.1.1 New construction and renovation of existing buildings Architectural solutions for the new residential buildings Architectural solutions for the existing buildings

3.2 The Energy Strategy

3.2.1 Energy strategy in the new buildings

3.2.2 Energy strategy in the existing buildings


Part 1 - Bibliography

Part 2 - Bibliography

Sources of images


Parte 1 - Bibliography

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