URBAN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER ALMERE
W. ALSOP, 1999-2003, Koetsierbaan 10, Schipperplein e.o., Almere-Stad
Cinemas and theatres
In 1994 four urban designers were invited to develop a scenario for the centre of Almere. The metropolitan approach taken by Rem Koolhaas's OMA with its multiple land use was the one chosen. The given programme is concentrated in megastructures: a business centre near the station and a mix of cultural amenities, shops and housing along the water. All components were fleshed out by international architects of repute. William Alsop designed an Urban Entertainment Centre of shops, a hotel, and a blob-like pop/rock venue which has since been recast as a discotheque.