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The new adult education centre



Entrance Lichtburg

Renovation and expansion of the Lichtburg building

Kettwiger Str. 36, 45127 Essen

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1928 / 2004


Miksch Rücker Malchartzeck Architekten - Architekten AKNW / BDB Partnerschaft MBB
Architekt Hartmut Miksch
Architekt Wolfgang Rücker

GVE Grundstücksverwaltung Stadt Essen GmbH

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Renovation and expansion of the Lichtburg building

This project is characterised by an interplay of a careful redevelopment of a structure under a preservation order and the new building of a modern entrance and development area for the adult education centre.
The Lichtburg, which with 1,250 places features the largest and perhaps most beautiful cinema hall in Germany, has not only been redeveloped in accordance with the preservation orders but technically modernised as well.
A new, smaller cinema hall has been added, as has a lounge and lobby.
The new building consists of two telescoped ashlars and serves the main development of the adult education centre. The full glazing of one ashlar makes for a “shop window of the adult education centre” facing Burgplatz and the shopping mile. The new building complements the existing structures and - a fairly heterogeneous use incl. cinema, adult education centre and shops notwithstanding - gives a uniform overall impression within the entire complex of buildings.
Furthermore, the integrated lighting concept is certainly of note, as it ranges from continuous Mikado lights inside to an illumination of the glass façade with alternating coloured lights outside.

Award: Vorbildliche Bauten in Nordrhein-Westfalen 2005 (Land NRW/Architektenkammer NRW) [Exemplary buildings in North Rhine – Westphalia 2005; Land NRW/chamber of architects NRW]

Exemplary buildings in North Rhine – Westphalia 2005; Land NRW/chamber of architects NRW

Author: Editorial baukunst-nrw


Architecture » Public Buildings » Cultural (cinemas, theatres, museums)

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