Eindhoven has a reputation for being one of the world's most exciting design hubs, and we recently had the chance to experience why - firsthand. In its 14th iteration, Dutch Design Week saw the construction of numerous quirky structures, located where the old Philips factory used to be. Curated by HeyHeydeHaas, each temporary shelter was conceived by a different designer, architect or institution and built with sustainable resources, including repurposed shipping containers, scaffolding, inflatable structures and low-impact materials such as scrap wood and cork. Click through our exclusive photos to discover 'the house of the future', modern workshops, a Plug In City and more. Each creation with its own personality invites viewers to imagine a new future where the built environment and society live in creative harmony.
To design the festival’s central point studio Morag Myerscough asked themselves ‘What if we build a landmark?’ The result is a striking tower, built with standard scaffolding and colorful banners, that functions as a meeting point, hideout and bar.
Agri meets Design is an initiative of ZLTO Province of Noord-Brabant and the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Netherlands, and this year they showcased De Kas. This popup greenhouse offered a platform for discussion and networking, displaying special projects that address the intersection of agriculture, nature and design.
Sustainer Homes was founded by two sociologists, an architect, and an environmental engineer, who worked with a systems engineer, a community designer and interior designer to create the world’s first off-grid, mobile, shipping container home. Specifically designed for nomadic living, this mobile prefab home can be customized to anyone’s taste and desired living location.
Entrepreneurs Reinoud, Peer and Teun designed the Waterland House, a small blue shelter on wheels that functions as an inspirational workplace and a bed & breakfast. Inspired by the traditional architecture of Zaanstreek, the cottage is completely insulated and features a living room, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping loft.
Design Academy of Eindhoven graduates Leonne Cuppen, Kees Heurkens and Eduard Sweep from studio Yksi designed this years’ Press Center. Using inflatable, modular and prefabricated AirClad system units, they created a temporary blue room used by journalists and bloggers throughout Dutch Design Week.
Leerlokaal KVL is an educational project for young people set at a restored 1930s factory near Eindhoven. They had a presence at this year’s festival with a pop-up museum featuring students’ works in a shelter made with recycled materials.
Tilburg’s TextielMuseum set up camp as a shop in a big black box with reflective metallic panels. Featuring the craftsmanship of their TextielLab along with new products by Simone Post, Joel Booy, Kate Booy, the project was designed under the exclusive leadership of Hella Jongerius. The space was used to sell beautiful, sustainable furnishings and fabric for the home.
The Glass Pavilion was made by the first residents and business owners of the Strijp-S area, but “it is not a community center”. Constructed with donated, loaned and recycled materials harvested from demolition projects, the pavilion hosted workshops, lectures, exhibitions and performances inside.
Herso assembled a pop-up workshop called Cabinetmaking Herso. Set inside a shipping container and clad in rough timber, the space featured the company’s delightful designs made with mostly scrap wood.
5dsolutions unveiled a sustainable home inspired by the ethics of permaculture. Filled with ‘The No Panic Company’s’ greenest features, including a living fence, a window farm made with recycled bottles, a vegetable garden planted on hay and a hydroponic garden, the shipping container shelter also featured a pop-up bubble on the side for unexpected guests.
The Circular Building by Living Lab Partners is a working lab where designers create using the circular economy approach. This means that some materials are re-circulated without compromising their high quality, while others nourish the ground with biological nutrients when they are finally discarded –like this innovative cork shelter topped with a green roof.
Representatives from the local Sint Lucas school presented a giant glowing chicken-shaped structure. Crafted from scaffolding and wrapped in white plastic sheeting, the space was used as a creative lab for new ideas, while informing visitors about the educational facility.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat