Simon Building

Simon building

Simon Building was completed in 1975 and (again) a design by architect Jos. Bedaux, commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Tilburg University Simon building

This government office building was built at the time as an employment project, in the crisis period of the 1970s. The substructure behind the load-bearing columns, with its black-painted walls and glass that is completely flat in detail, is very striking and, like the undulating roof structure, has unmistakable features of Le Corbusier, whom Bedaux admired. Underneath the low-rise building is a nuclear-free basement, set up as an administrative office. If Tilburg were to be hit by an atomic bomb, the city's administration could go into hiding here.

Since 2016, an important part of TSB has been housed in the building that now takes its name from Herbert A. Simon (1916–2001), an American jack-of-all-trades who won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1978. In the lobby, the wall features a portrait and a quote from Simon: "One finds limits by pushing them."

Reminiscent of its original function is the artwork by Niel Steenbergen placed in front of the building, in which nature’s vital role for humanity is the subject. In the lecture hall on the first floor there is a wall relief in which nature and the agricultural character of the environment are also the theme. It is created by Luc van Hoek. By the same artist, in the spring of 2018, a sculpture was attached to the exterior facade, which previously had a place against the building of the then Chamber of Commerce on the Reitseplein. It again refers to agriculture—with an ear of corn—and to the textiles that played such an important role for Tilburg.

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