Over the period 2009 to 2012, Meubelplein Ekkersrijt in Eindhoven was completely renovated and expanded. The separate buildings facing inwards were converted into a single unit with a recognisable character. The spectacular design is by VVKH Architects. ABT provided Meubelplein's structural design.
Meubelplein Ekkersrijt covers a total of 45,000 square metres. Circa 6,500 square metres of the existing shops were demolished. Most of the shops have been included in the new plan. The roof structure has been upgraded by means of an inventive pre-tensioning system. In addition, the existing shops have been give new facade in order to create unity in the new development.
Meubelplein Ekkersrijt comprises 18 specially combined, curved branch columns. Around the columns, 1250 metres of double chromed framework has been draped. The 'tagliatelle' is finished with characteristic laser-cut panels also used on the facade.
The span of the steel passage roof varies between 10 and 35 metres. The height of the spans increases along with the span. This results in a pattern of diamonds and tie rods in the passage. Sufficient daylight enters the passage through the use of glass bricks in the prefab concrete 'diamonds'.
Visitors park on the roof of the new development and descend through the ‘heart’ to the shopping area. As a result of this principle, shops on the top floor have just as much business as on the ground floor and the new Meubelplein is exceptionally compact.
The ramps to the parking roof are set back in the front facade. There is parking for more than 500 cars on the parking deck. Movement of the cars on the ramps provides additional dynamism in a natural way.
In order to make maximum use of the roof structure, both the individual girders and the complete under span system is furnished with curves. The point of installing the steel plates, pouring the concrete and the manner of support all influenced the size of the curves. All these factors were included in the calculation for the deformation of the roof.