State The Netherlands
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level South-East North Brabant
District level (LAU1) South-East North Brabant
Municipality (LAU2) Eindhoven
Connection to traffic network Connection to A2 / E25

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • general localization (great localization close to the border with Belgium and Germany)
  • specific localization (historic city center)
  • attractiveness of the site and objects (the building preserved as a symbol of industrial past of the Eindhoven)
  • social status of the locality (Lichttoren as an ideal site to create a high urban environment which Eindhoven lacked)
  • place marketing (redeveloped Lichttoren play a key role in a general transformation of the Eindhoven´s western corridor)
  • transport links (next to the railway station)

Brief description of site and current use

Former lamp factory Lichttoren was since 1998 vacant. The municipality of Eindhoven wanted to preserve the building as a symbol of city´s industrial past as well as for exceptional architecture. The formal design interpretation of developers Stam + de Koning en IBC failed to achieve the requirements for the plan. Then the Trudo housing association came and purchased the entire place in 2003. Within 3 years completion of the plan was done. The massive redevelopment included removal of all walls, floors and ceilings but the essential structure of the building preserved to keep the industrial look and symbolic value of the Lichttoren. Unique landmark of the city is located right in the centre of Eindhoven (app. 213 thousands of inhabitants) in the province of North Brabant. The Lichttoren is considered as a beacon of Eindhoven, a landmark for visitors of the city. Because of the varying clients, the funding was difficult, successful funding was presented by Trudo company with their goal to save the project and not to maximize the profit. The total budget for the project was 100mil. . Current Lichttoren functions as a place for living, working and relaxing. The old lamp factory is again returned to the city and their inhabitants in form of metropolitan housing in the heart of the city, so the project is perceived as successful.

Original use – basic description

Original use Industrial (lamp factory)
Area 4.74 ha
Type of site Industrial site

Current state – basic description

Current use Business centre, office, housing
% of built-up area 100 %
State of Environment After complete decontamination
New use from 2009
Total costs 100mil. €
Owner of site Trudo (housing association)

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site Trudo
Local public administration The Mayor of the Eindhoven
Rob van Gijzel
Investors participating at redevelopment

De Nieuwe Combinatie Vastgoedontwikkeling:

Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs:

Stam + de Koning Bouw: