The Twentse Theatre’s Transformation

When the Twentse Schouwburg theatre moved to the new Nationaal Muziekkwartier in 2008, the task was to redesign the old building in the centre of Enschede. The old theatre was a landmark building with emotional significance for many of the city’s residents. The starting point for the conversion was to include the iconic façade, the old foyer and the small hall in a new complex with shops, restaurants and homes.

The stage tower on the quiet Walstraat has been replaced by a residential building that refers to the old silhouette. The apartments give the building an open and vital character. The building section on the busy Langestraat has been reused. It now houses a café-restaurant and a large retail space.

In the heart of the location, the main hall has made way for an enclosed theatre garden. This outdoor space offers space for a terrace and a number of small shops. Because the garden can be entered from both streets, a new route has also been created. This connection gives a tremendous boost to the development of a much larger area in the heart of Enschede.

details

Project
The Twentse Theatre’s Transformation
Location
Enschede, NL
Size
10.500 m²
Period
2008-2012
Client
Van Wijnen Oost B.V.
Discipline
Architecture
Program
Catering & Retail, Culture, Residential, Work
Status
Completed
Photography
René Post
More info
bd@dezwartehond.nl