Architectuurstudio Herman Hertzberger
Cinemas and theatres
This complex combining two black box auditoria with a video centre, arts centre, café, film theatre, commercial premises and 75 apartments, owes its main shape almost entirely to the urban context. A major part of the housing occupies a quadrant-shaped volume that orients the building to the public realm without obstructing the view of the nearby church. A timber-clad facade surface chops the first two levels of the complex in two, with the auditoria and café behind the wedge and the foyer and film theatre in front of it. Steel stairs, balconies and railings, typical Hertzberger ingredients, orchestrate the interior ambience.