NL Architects Chosen to Design Arnhem’s ArtA Center

View from the Rhine. Image ©

Amsterdam-based firm NL Architects have been selected to design Arnhem‘s new ArtA Center, a new public arts cluster that will house the Arnhem Museum and Focus Cinema. Coming out on top in a shortlist which included BIG, Kengo Kuma & Associates and SO-IL, NL Architects’ terraced design features a rooftop urban park with views over the Rhine, subterranean movie halls and an adaptable, open plan stepped museum.

The jury’s decision commends the design for the way it “radiates enthusiasm”, and the “simple and clear” concept, as well as praising the “inventive and innovative” mentality of the architects.

More on the design and the jury’s selection after the break

Culturehouse in Arnhem / Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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Architects: Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Area: 12,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: scagliolabrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

NL Architects Shortlisted to Design ArtA Cultural Center in Arnhem

Rhine View. Image ©

Amsterdam-based NL Architects has been shortlisted, alongside three other prestigious teams, to design a new “ArtA” museum and film house for the city of . Uniting four main programs – a cinema, art square, museum and park – the “wedge-shaped” structure is designed as an “urban moraine” that cascades towards the city and invites residents to experience the Rhine from an elevated parkway. This formation grants pedestrians two options for museum access: up the Baroque-inspired rooftop park or through the ground level “Art Square” which serves as a “public intermediary” between the building and city, as well as the museum and film theatre.

Kengo Kuma Presents Shortlisted Design for ArtA “Civic Center” in Arnhem

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Kengo Kuma, one of four renowned architects competing to design the highly anticipated ArtA cultural center in , has shared details about their shortlisted proposal. Enveloped in an “elegant filigree screen” of contextually prevalent red clay roof tiles, the “multileveled Arts Square” is designed to serve as “the living room of the city.” Its main programs, the Focus Film Theatre and Museum , are united by a series of green terraces whose main purpose is to reconnect the inner city to its “unexploited resource,” the Rhine River.

SO-IL Shortlisted to Design Arnhem’s ArtA Cultural Center


New York-based SO-IL, together with Architectuurstudio HH (AHH) and ABT, has unveiled details of their shortlisted design for Arnhem’s highly-anticipated ArtA cultural center. One of four shortlisted proposals, ’s “energy-neutral” building aims to serve as a transformative link that connects the inner city to the Rhine River. “Generous and flexible programmatic volumes,” which were shaped by the surrounding context, are designed “support the production and experience of culture, as well as create a place for reflection and wonder – a transportive experience.”

BIG Shortlisted to Design ARTA “Arts Cluster” in Arnhem


As we announced yesterday, four impressive teams have unveiled their shortlisted proposals to design a new house for an existing art museum and film theater on a waterfront site in Arnhem. Competing to design the “ArtA” cultural center includes BIG, who teamed up with Amsterdam-based Allard Architecture to propose a scheme that would merge the two facilities by constructing “a simple building volume of two poles: The Film Theater facing the city and the Art Museum facing the river.”

BIG, Kengo Kuma Among Four Visions Unveiled for ARTA Cultural Center in Arnhem

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Four international teams have unveiled their shortlisted proposals in the final leg of a highly anticipated competition to design a new “cultural hotspot” on the edge of the Rhine. ArtA, the “catchy” new name of what was previously known as “The Arts Cluster,” is part of a larger redevelopment project for the City of which aims to reconnect the southern district of Rijnboog with its waterfront and establish a new home for the Focus Film Theatre and Museum

A sneak peak of the shortlisted proposals, after the break…

Energetic City 2050 Competition Winning Proposal / Team innergy

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Team innergy, composed of Frank Marcus, Pieter Wackers, Gerben Pennings, Gertjan Rohaan, Chris Van Der Zwet, recently won the first prize in the Energetic City 2050, competition about the sustainable future of the city of , . The jury felt that the vision of Innergy was “hopeful, with a strong belief in humanity & technology”, “focusing on individuals, for the city of the future will be the people themselves” and that “housing subscriptions and building material plazas will turn the city into a fluid place full of creativity “. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gate House / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: ,
Project Architects: Guus Peters and Bart Schoonderbeek (Schipper Bosch)
Design Team: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Team Members: Lorena Valero Miñano, Inés Quinteiro Antolín, Jaewoo Chon
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Rijn IJssel / LIAG

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Architects: LIAG
Location: Middendachtensingel 2, , The
Client: Board Rijn IJssel, Arnhem NL
Scope: 14,518 sqm
Design Team: Erik Schotte, Esther Klausen, Koos Lieverse, Arie Aalbers
Photographs: Iemke Ruige, Vulkers Fotografie 


Villa DVT / boetzkeshelder

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Architects: boetzkes|helder
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: Bartels Engineers
Facade Engineer: Metadecor
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 160 sqm
Photographs: Merel van Beukering