program: arthouse theatre, restaurant, offices, studios
area: 8.745 m2
status: in progress
client: De Kade Utrecht
design: allard architecture
De Kade is a new film hall and film school in the city centre of Utrecht by 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, allowing the area to 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, to 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 and an outdoor cinema, rejuvenating and energizing the immediate neighborhood. The seven film halls, studios and editing rooms will be accessible to private companies and De Kade will open its doors to HKU students further including theater viewing options in the city of Utrecht.