1966: another iconic moment was the opening of the similarly iconic building The Evoluon, which was designed by Philips’ first-ever design director Louis Kalff together with Leo de Bever. In 1966 Prince Bernhard opened this building, known as the ‘flying saucer’, which was ‘gifted’ to the city of Eindhoven to commemorate Philips’ 75th anniversary. Frits Philips, who had been the driving force behind this project, wanted the Evoluon to be a meeting place for people to ‘share their knowledge, experiences, enthusiasm and inspiration’. Now a national monument, this futuristic building currently serves as a conference and events center, but up until the late 1980s it was an educational science and technology museum. In its heyday it enjoyed very high visitor numbers.