DIFFER nominated for sustainable architecture award

The new DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) building in Eindhoven has been nominated for the Dirk Roosenburg Award 2015. Every two years, the Municipal Executive presents this award for spatial quality to an inspiring building project in the Dutch city of Eindhoven.

DIFFER assessment

The Nomination Committee appreciates the spatial quality of the design and the sustainable aspects of the new DIFFER building on the campus of the Eindhoven University of Technology. The design comprises offices and support functions situated around two halls for the conducting of experiments, whereby encounters between users are encouraged through the use of staircases and open spaces.

The new DIFFER building breathes sustainability in the broadest sense of the word. The specially designed sawtooth profile of the east and west facades ensures that there is always sufficient daylight in the offices, without direct sunlight penetration. This also prevents overheating and reduces the need for artificial lighting. Other sustainable measures are thermal storage, LED lighting, triple glazing and 932 solar panels on the roof. Deerns was responsible for the design of all installations.


In addition to a jury award, there is also an award by the public for which votes may be cast until 22 October on the website of the Municipality of Eindhoven. The presentation of the award will take place on Friday, 23 October.

* Dirk Roosenburg (1887-1962) was an architect who worked on many architectural assignments for Philips, which was founded in Eindhoven, and therefore has largely influenced the way Eindhoven looks and feels nowadays.  Every other year, the Dirk Roosenburg award is given to a remarkable and inspiring project within Eindhoven that adds value to its surroundings and, thus, the city.

15 October 2015

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