Designing a new Arts Cluster

Member of the jury selecting the architect

The city of Arnhem, the Netherlands, is planning the design of a new cultural building for the city. This new Arts Cluster, tentatively called ArtA, will house the Museum Arnhem and the Focus Film Theatre – bringing together creative professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, and visitors locally and regionally. Attractively located at the waterfront, the axis of the site forms a symbolic connection between the historic city center and the Rhine River.

Together with Maarten Kloos (chairman), Hedwig Saam (director Museum Arnhem), Henk Bitter (director Focus Film Theatre), Wim Korvinus (artist), Bert Dirrix (architect) and Gijs Frencken (urban Arnhem), Johan Idema was part of the jury selecting the architect. The five firms that were selected from 44 entries were:

  • Architecture Studio HH with SO-IL and ABT
  • Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) with Allard Architecture
  • Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • NL Architects
  • Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

NL Architects was selected as the winner of the competition. The jury’s decision concluded that they are “convinced that the approach and mentality of the designers could result in a contemporary arts cluster that meets the high expectations. The vision of NL Architects ensures symbiosis between the cinema and the museum, while also offering many opportunities to explore new ways to use the building. The proposed art plaza would greatly enrich the neighbourhood and the public space.”

Below: the proposals of NL Architects, Architectuurstudio HH/SO-IL/ABT, Kengo Kuma & Associates and BIG/Allard Architecture.


Read the report of the jury here.