program: arthouse theatre, restaurant, offices, studios
area: 8.745 m2
status: in progress
client: De Kade Utrecht
design: allard architecture
Het Paardenveld is a forgotten corner of Utrecht, programmatically crippled by a large three story parking garage. However, this is a site with potential; framed by both the Daalsepark canal and downtown Utrecht it can serve as a defining entry point into the city. The old Singel canal will be continued around the site, and the site will become part of a string of important public spaces for the city. The goal is not only to protect this urban green space, but most importantly create a hub of activity for families, students and industry members alike. By partially integrating the parking garage with the film center, studios, editing rooms, catering and event rooms, this design is attracting urban foot traffic. The outdoor public space becomes defined by a series of open park zones, outdoor cinema. This green rejuvenates and energizes the immediate neighborhood. Catering and event rooms on the first floor open up into the outdoor park, extending public functions and attracting a lively clientele group. In addition to studios and editing rooms for private companies, De Kade will open its doors to HKU students. Finally, seven film halls will be included, drastically increasing theater viewing options in the city of Utrecht.