Tenants over the Moon!!

by Rosanne van Tilburg on February 7, 2014

GROUP A has recently completed the design of the Cultural Educational Centre ‘Het Lichtruim’ in De Bilt (NL). A compact, flexible and future-proof building specifically tailored to the needs of eight different users, comprising shared facilities, and their individually expected visitor flows. This new shared accommodation breathes collectiveness, and yet simultaneously respects each tenant’s unique requirement and individual identity.

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The 10,500 sqm multifunctional accommodation houses an elementary school, childcare, youth assistance, a music & arts centre, centre for youth & family, public library, theater and gym. The two top floors of the building are home to 20 apartments.

The success of perhaps the most important objective in bringing together eight parties under one roof in the new cultural educational center, was clearly expressed by the director of the elementary school ‘Wereldwijs’ during the grand opening:
‘People coming home, lifting a maxicosi from the car, just popping into the snackbar. At that moment it crossed my mind that “it takes a village to raise a child”. That thought has never left me. Together we are that village. We strengthen and inspire one another, and I am so grateful to everyone that we can actually do this.’

3-GROUP A-Het-Lichtruim-de-Bilt-in-use

Leading in the design was the incorporation of the various distinctive and functional public-private zones, but also of clustered functions, multifunctional spaces and the need to ensure short walking distances. The complete program now embeds a smart modeled building volume, in which incoming daylight, orientation of rooms, accessibility and urban context are paramount.


For the municipality of De Bilt, this new cultural- and educational venue offers a wide range of public facilities and amenities for meetings where groups of people can come together to congregate, but also has the scope to be a social pivot within the community.

Photos: Digidaan

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