Evoluon Eindhoven History
Originally a science museum, the distinctively designed Evoluon in Eindhoven is now a sleek, modern conference center. This famous landmark has secured the coveted Benelux’s highest possible rating, of ‘5 hammers’ and vaunts an events venue that can accommodate up to 1500 visitors. Frits Philips commissioned the Evoluon to commemorate the Philips company’s 75th anniversary in 1966 and gifted it to the public. The Evoluon was extremely popular, attracting over 500,000 visitors in 1970 with its thought-provoking science and technology exhibits that encouraged visitor interaction.
A UFO Has Landed
The Evoluon’s distinctive design resembles a UFO that has landed in the middle of Eindhoven. The building was based on an original idea by Frits Philip. The unusual design meant many calculations were needed to make sure the 77-meter concrete dome was properly supported. Concentric rings line the dome like circular balconies and are now used for events. In the late 1980s, the building was renovated and expanded to be used for receptions and conferences for the Philips company. Later on in the 1990s the Philips Hall auditorium, meeting rooms, and VIP suites were added. The Evoluon is now available for conferences, meetings, and events.
The Evoluon is located in the Eindhoven Brainport region, which is known as a technology and innovation incubator. There are a number of top technology companies and research institutes that call the Eindhoven region home. Eindhoven a mere 1.3 hours from Amsterdam by train, and Eindhoven Airport serves domestic and international flights from select European cities.