Culture Complex De Nieuwe Kolk / De Zwarte Hond

Culture Complex De Nieuwe Kolk / De Zwarte Hond
© Gerard van Beek
© Gerard van Beek
  • architects Authors of this architecture project De Zwarte Hond
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    48000.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project

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  • Contractor

    BAM Utiliteitsbouw, Groningen
  • Structures

    Wassenaar bv, haren
  • Installation

    BAM techniek
  • Acoustics

    Peutz, Groningen
  • Client

    Gemeente Assen, Assen
© Gerard van Beek
© Gerard van Beek

Text description provided by the architects. In 2008 De Zwarte Hond won the design competition for a multifunctional culture building in Assen. The site, at the edge of the historical city has been transformed via a design & build construction into a big complex with functions such as a theater, cinema, library, cafés, restaurants and apartments.

© Gerard van Beek
© Gerard van Beek

The new cultural complex is a monumental and traditional building made of Dutch brickwork, steel and glass. It therefore fits into the context of Assen which is rich of old mansions, fortresses and churches. The grand entrance of the building is situated next to a new theatre square, which is a lively and pleasant place to stay for a drink after having visited the cultural complex.

A historical stone wall and a staircase of monumental size connects the square directly to the entrance of the building. The square forms a gate to a large lobby/foyer from where different venues can be visited. It’s the place to see and be seen.

© Gerard van Beek
© Gerard van Beek

The square and the lobby continue the tradition of a rich sequence of streets, alleys, squares and gardens and connects the cultural program with the urban fabric of Assen.


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Address: Weiersstraat 1, 9401 Assen, The Netherlands

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Cite: "Culture Complex De Nieuwe Kolk / De Zwarte Hond" 13 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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