Focus Film Theatre

The new Focus Film Theatre is situated next to the prominent Eusebius Church, an important Arnhem landmark that not only is a prime example of late-gothic church architecture, but also stands as a symbol of the post-WWII reconstruction effort.

Before the Second World War, the area around the Eusebius Church was built up, and a narrow street, the Torensteeg, ran where the new Focus building will rise. Our design reintroduces the historic Torensteeg as a leading element in the new building, preserving the view on the Eusebius Church and leaving the steeple in full view even from street level in the Kerkplein square. Within the building itself, the view of the tower also plays a major role, as the glass roof ensures that it remains in constant view from the main public staircase that leads up to the theatres.

The main public areas feature a high transparent plinth that affords a view of the café and public spaces inside. The facade uses typical elements as found in the town centre of Arnhem, such as high shop windows and brickwork patterns. The details of the building will receive a lot of attention. The brickwork facades will be richly detailed to radiate traditional skills and classical quality.
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Details

PROGRAM
New movie theatre with 5 screens, grand cafe and open air cinema

START PROJECT
2016

COMPLETION
2018

CLIENT
Gemeente Arnhem, Arnhem

ADDRESS
Audrey Hepburnplein, Arnhem

ADVISORS
ABT, Velp | Stevens Van Dijck, Amersfoort | HI-Plus Advies, Rotterdam | Buro Poelmans Reesink, Arnhem | Theateradvies, Amsterdam | Piqture Audiovisual Architects, Arnhem

SURFACE (GFA)
2600 sqm

EXECUTION
BINX Smartility, Groenlo

PUBLICATIONS
Project & interieur, Theater met zicht op de kerk, January 2019
ArchitectuurNL, Rijke detaillering gemetselde gevels Focus Filmtheater, July 2018
Architectenweb, Zicht op Eusebius centraal in Focus Filmtheater, June 2018
Focus Filmtheater, interview projectarchitect Robert Alewijnse, June 2018
De Gelderlander, Bijzondere films in 'iconisch gebouw', February 2018

Location