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Philips Business Innovation Centre FiftyTwoDegrees
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DESIGNER
 
 
Mecanoo
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DESCRIPTION
 
Knowledge centre
Mecanoo FiftyTwoDegrees NijmegenAt the start of the new millennium, Philips Semiconductors (now NXP) wanted to expand its current production and research site in Nijmegen by creating a new knowledge centre for the development of semiconductors for the electronics industry. The existing production site is sealed off and fenced in for security reasons. The new knowledge centre, where technology, science, culture, work, living and leisure come together, fosters chance encounters and collaboration with diverse parties. The name of the complex, FiftyTwoDegrees, refers to the site’s 52nd degree of latitude, which like the ambition of the initiators, spans the entire world.
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Mecanoo FiftyTwoDegrees NijmegenFiftyTwoDegrees is the realisation of the first phase of a large-scale master plan surrounding the Neerbosscheweg. The 86 metre tall tower stands on a slope and is fluidly yet excitingly absorbed into surrounding Goffert Park. The second phase will see the ground level overarch the Neerbosscheweg, creating a direct link with the city, the Goffert stadium and the new Goffert light rail station. Under the grassed roof are parking spaces for six hundred cars, various commercial facilities and a covered Plaza with shops and restaurants. Conference rooms, a theatre, a hotel, sports facilities and shops are due to be added to the complex in the second phase.
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Mecanoo FiftyTwoDegrees NijmegenThe tower is seventeen storeys high. The lower eight floors are ten degrees out of plumb, creating an inviting gesture towards the city. The bent form was created by the hybrid construction of concrete and steel, whereby for each intermediate floor the elevation shifts in relation to the concrete cores. In order to shorten the construction time - one floor per week - it was decided to use prefabricated cladding, resulting in a pattern of pixels that gives the facade an abstract appearance. A broad staircase leads from the Esplanade to the reception hall with its conspicuously curved wooden benches. The undulating wall clad with mahogany represents a visually connecting element that automatically indicates the route through the building. The office and laboratory floors can be flexibly subdivided. The use of climate ceilings allows the climate to be regulated for each work station so that the spaces can adapt to the organisation of new products being developed.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Netherlands [Nederland]
Region
Gelderland
Town
Nijmegen
Address
Jonker Bosplein 52, Goffertpark
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
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ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Vertical architectures
Skyscrapers
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ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Conference and meeting rooms
Commercial buildings
Shops
Buildings for recreational activities
Theatres
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2004 - 2005     project winner of competition
Realisation
2005 - 2006
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AWARDS
 
2010
Green GOOD DESIGN Award
European European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
2009
International Design Award
IDA Los Angeles
2009
Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award
Chicago Athenaeum Europe
2007
Dedalo Minosse
Sustainability
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Philips Business Innovation Centre / FiftyTwoDegrees, Nijmegen 2004-", A+U. Architecture and Urbanisme 440, may 2007 [Recent Projects], pp. 64-67
"Nijmegen: the Fifty Two Degrees tower, an extension to Philips Semiconductors site", Architecture Today 177, april 2007, p. 14
Anna Fitzgerald, "A leaning tower. Mecanoo", Icon 46, april 2007, p. 36
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CLIENT
 
 
Ballast Nedam Bouw, Arnhem
ICE Ontwikkeling, Nijmege
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 42,000,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 70,000
Height
m. 86
Capacity
theatre 2,400 seats
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Arup
Adviesbureau Tielemans BV
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STAFF
 
Structural consultant
ARUP, Amsterdam (competition)
Adviesbureau Tielemans BV, Eindhoven (execution)
Consultant
Royal Haskoning, Nijmegen
General contractor
Ballast Nedam Speciale Projecten, Utrecht
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Christian Richters
Drawings © Mecanoo architecten
Text edited by Mecanoo architecten
Courtesy by Mecanoo architecten
Mecanoo FiftyTwoDegrees Nijmegen



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