Technical University, Eindhoven
Architect: Koen van Velsen
Client: Heijmans Bouw
Product: masonry brick with nickel and aluminium glaze.
At the Technical University in Eindhoven, the seven-storey Knowledge Centre’s construction is in the form of a cylinder from which several segments have been removed. The architect Koen van Velsen approached Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum to develop a glaze for the façade that looked like anodised aluminium. After at least a year’s experimentation, an entirely new glaze was developed that cannot be compared with any previously existing glaze. In the course of this process, a second glaze was also developed that looks similar to the metal nickel. By interspersing smooth bricks with the glaze among bricks with a rough surface, an effect is created that varies in appearance depending on the weather and time of day.