WINSCHOTEN – Marrying a medley of functions for the greater good of the community, Cultuurhuis De Klinker provides the ideal space for people to come together. Located in the north-eastern parts of the Netherlands in the city of Winschoten, the cultural hub blends subtly into its surrounding morphology. Designed by Atelier PRO the Dutch architecture firm has created a happy medium between the pre-existing, small-scale historical buildings and the large-scale, post-war developments within the city.
Rich in detail, the façade for the cultural centre is constructed of vertical masonry, which was specifically produced with Groningen clay – resembling the local masonry houses in the area with its traditional orange colour. The stone exterior with recessed windows is complemented by curves that smooth out on the edges of the building, with the continuous flow making it approachable from all angles with no apparent front or back façade. The form and choice of material give the building a bold characteristic without overwhelming the existing cityscape.
The cultural centre features a variety of programmes including a theatre, studios, library and café, which are all situated around a main foyer. The public domain is the initial entry point into the building and is designed to cater to various events and activities. Separate staircases are strategically placed around the foyer to distribute circulation to other public and private sections. Well-established acoustics are integrated into the design, which allow for simultaneous performances to take place in the theatre and studios without interference. Well-equipped spaces contribute to the lively variety of functions within the cultural centre, which encourages residents to contribute to the city’s cultural life.