August 2014 the first phase of the transformation of the Kulturhus was finished. Two historical buildings of the local social-cultural organisations ‘Figulus’ and ‘Ons Huis’ [lit. Our House] have been renovated and a new foyer was added in between the two.
Collaboration and added value - The starting point for this transformation was an improvement of the building, so that we could make more efficient use of the existing available space. From the early design phase the workshops with users were an essential part in this process. All users and involved organisations were invited to join. By mapping all the wishes, programming and partnerships of the different users, we could see which spaces and facilities were eligible for dual or shared use.
“These are two beautiful buildings. With limited interventions we can make them into a representative complex without losing the singularity of its separate parts.” The transformation of the two buildings to the new Kulturhus Dinxperlo consisted of several components: the renovation of a building, the renovation of a historic building, demolition of the later additions and - in the freed space - the construction of the new lobby.
The monument is a municipal school in 1892 now used by ‘Figulus Welzijn’. The building of ‘Ons Huis’ dates back to 1914. With the demolition of younger annexes and additions from the seventies & eighties we clarified these two distinctive historic buildings and at the same time we created space for a new building between the two. A new transparent lobby now acts as a link between the existing buildings and represents the renewed cooperation between the two organizations.
The second phase focuses on the reorganization of indoor and outdoor spaces in and around the buildings and a new contemporary layout and interior.