Commissioned by Maastricht City Council, JHK Architecten is working together with Verlaan & Bouwstra architects on the restoration and new use of the former electric power station and boilerhouses of the ‘Timmerfabriek’, a former Royal Sphinx factory complex at the Bassin, an inland port in Maastricht.
The redevelopment of this complex is part of the ‘Belvédère Binnensingel’ urban development project, within which the ‘Timmerfabriek’ is being given a new function as Culture Cluster. The cluster is intended as a boost for the redevelopment of this former industrial area to the north of the centre of Maastricht.
After extensive restoration and renovation, the three existing halls will provide accommodation for the Maastricht Lumière filmhouse and a restaurant. The cinema's six screens, with a total capacity of more than 500 people, are located in the three characteristic halls. The lower three are partially submerged in the ground, which creates more space to continue experiencing the old roof structures. Above these three cinemas, there is a continuous foyer that connects the three halls with each other. In the former electric power station, the hall directly situated on the inland harbour, a café/restaurant is planned with a terrace on the waterfront. This facility will provide visitors with the opportunity to lunch or dine between the old power station boilers, perhaps combined with a visit to the cinema, which is directly connected to the restaurant.
The entrance to the cinema, the kitchen and the cinema offices are housed in the adjoining ‘Hennebique building’, which connects the three halls to the Timmerfabriek. A breakthrough has been realized in this existing building with a large staircase with a light incline. This links the Bassin with the Binnencour, the central inner courtyard of the factory complex and forms as a result the main entrance to the entire Culture Cluster.