Utrecht / Netherlands
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, crippled by a large three-storey parking garage. Framed by the Daalsepark canal and the city centre of 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 to protect this urban green space and to create a hub of activity for families, students and industry members alike.
The outdoor public space becomes defined by a series of open park zones and an outdoor cinema, rejuvenating and energising the immediate neighbourhood. 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 theatre viewing options in the city of Utrecht.