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Speelhuis Theatre 

The Speelhuis Theatre in Helmond burned down in December 2011. The municipality asked cepezed to create a temporary replacement in the Our Lady of the Assumption church. This neo-Byzantine domed church is a listed building, which meant that damage to the construction had to be minimal. Also, all the interventions had to be reversible.

  • client(s)
  • municipality Helmond
  • location
  • Helmond
  • user(s)
  • Theater Speelhuis
  • expertise(s)
  • cepezed
oude situatie
cepezed

The domed church in the theatre  

In our design, the rich ornamentation of the domed church has remained clearly visible. From the theatre auditorium, you can see the recognizable elements of the Helmond domed church, such as the wall and ceiling paintings, the organ and the stained-glass windows.

The domed church in the theatre
jannes linders
Jannes Linders

The seating platform in Speelhuis Theatre  

Access to and from the seating platform is very intuitive: the seats can be reached from the front and the rear. The balustrades contain the lighting for the circulation routing and part of the acoustic insulation. They also have a structural function.

The seating platform in Speelhuis Theatre
jannes linders
Jannes Linders

Speelhuis Theatre at home in the domed church  

The new Speelhuis Theatre is a success with artists and audiences in Helmond. That is why housing in the Helmond domed church is not temporary, but permanent.

Speelhuis Theatre at home in the domed church
Jannes Linders
Jannes Linders

partners

  • client: gemeente helmond
  • stability: swinn
  • building services: ingenieursbureau linssen
  • building physics: scena
  • main contractor: hurks
  • contractor steel construction: smederij verbruggen

awards & nominations

  • mies van der rohe award | 2014
  • practical excellence in design award | 2014 | runner up
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