High Tech System Park Hengelo
The BNA awards for the Best Building of the Year 2015 have been presented. The overall winner is the Rotterdam Grand Central Station. The public prize has been awarded to High Tech System Park Hengelo. The construction of the high tech park in Hengelo signifies a revolution for Thales, a commercial enterprise active in the field of defence and information technology. A dated factory complex will be transformed into a green campus.
The fences around the (heavily secured) buildings will disappear, asphalt will make way for water and vegetation, and industrial buildings will become offices furnished according to the new ways of working. The facade of the office is designed as a safety shell. The restaurant and auditorium are located outside the office building in a freely accessible pavilion.
With the Best Building of the Year, the BNA wants to emphasize that good architecture is more than just good looks – for the client, the user and society. It’s about the best that architecture has had to offer to clients and society during the past year.
Photos: Ronald Tilleman