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THEATER/CINEMA 'T VENSTER
J.B. BAKEMA, 1949-1953, Gouvernestraat 133, Rotterdam
Verbouwing Theater/Bioscoop 't Venster / Theater/Cinema 't Venster ( J.B. Bakema )
© historische foto

ARCHITECT(URAL OFFICE):
Jaap Bakema

ORIGINAL DESIGN:
Jan Verheul Dzn.

BUILDING TYPE:
Cinemas and theatres


RELATED BUILDINGS:
Housing Block New Orleans

Ons Huis (Our House), a community centre designed by Verheul in 1907, was founded to further the education of workers and society's less privileged. In 1949 it was converted into a centre for the arts. The main focus of attention was the cinema, but there was also a theatre, an exhibition space, a library and a graphic workshop. The project was one of the first built works of Jaap Bakema, who was on the council payroll for a time. Later alterations have left almost nothing of Bakema's architecture, inspired as it was by De Stijl. Lantaren/Venster has moved to new-build premises in housing block New Orleans on Wilhelminapier. The De Gouvernestraat Theatre accommodates dance and theatre.