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Highlights of our company excursion

de Architekten Cie’s semi-annual outing took us to the South of The Netherlands. The province of Brabant is home to some architectural highlights that we have had a part in developing. We started off at the CHV site in Veghel.

Owner of this site Stefan van de Ven, together with several partners, is transforming this piece of industrial heritage into a new city centre. Van de Ven gave us a personal tour telling many fascinating stories about the extraordinary way in which he is developing this site. The buildings of this former animal feed factory will remain and recycled components will be added to create retail, restaurant and cultural spaces.

Our next stop was the Studenthotel in Eindhoven. Designed by the Cie, this iconic tower at the Stationsplein has been constructed from certified Cradle2Cradle bricks. 

A city walk through Eindhoven, guided by two dedicated members of the Architecture Center Eindhoven, took us to Strijp-S. We were taken round this former “forbidden city of Eindhoven” to see the great work that Piet Oudolf and West 8 did to transform this area into the creatieve and cultural heart of the city.

And since a company outing without dinner is a bit like a cake without a candle we finished the day off at the Ketelhuis. This former boiler house is now an impressive looking restaurant.  Contented and inspired we then got back on the coach for our return trip to Amsterdam. A day well spent!