Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Blob

Location: Eindhoven, Netherland
Client: Heijmans Bouw
Architect: M. Fuksas; Paris
Realization of the covering: Waagner Biro Stahlbau AG, Wien
Structures: Knippers-Helbig Beratende Ingenieure, Stuttgart
Steel: 90 t
Panels: 2 940 m²
Year: 2010


The entrance building „Blob“ in Eindhoven is part of a larger urban revitalisation project in the centre of the city. The exterior of the five storey mixed use building is a so called free-form, because it cannot be defined by simple geometric forms such as circle or line - therefore the name Blob. The 3D-capabilities came well into play when working out the final geometry together with the client team of Heijmans Bouw and the design team, as now gridlines are matching floor plates and the so called mesh, the triangulated structural shell comprised of welded steel profiles that is clad with glass and metal panels, got smoothened, which benefits fabrication and installation proces.The building consists of two elements: the 5-storey high primary concrete structure and the glass and steel envelope. Commercial spaces are located on the ground and first level and office spaces on level three and four (plus an additional technical level). The geometry varies from vertical surfaces to amorphous shapes, which create a dynamic.The term "Blob" is used in the IT world to denote a large chunk of computer data known as a Binary Large Object, but is more commonly associated with an amorphous, glutinous object, made famous by the 1958 film “The Blob” starring Steve McQueen, in which an ever-expanding jelly from outer-space terrorizes small town America. In the architectural world blob refers to a recognised style used by a number of famous buildings including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
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