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Turnova – Theater 1900

Turnova – Theater 1900

B-architecten, B-bis & B-city
Turnhout, Belgium | View Map
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Turnova – Theater 1900

B-architecten, B-bis & B-city as Architects

Theater 1900 is the former theatre hall of the Turnhout theatre circle Amicitia. After a long period of vacancy, the listed monument was given a new life as a retail space within the urban renewal project Turnova.


The demolition of the disturbing foyer volume created a small square at the front of the building. The square forms a connection between the Bloemekensgang and the Kursaalpoort. This reinforces Turnova as an easily fordable shopping-walking zone.


The ruinous rear scene was replaced by a new building, linking the theatre with the passage on the east side. Two new stairwells provide extra flexibility: the theatre hall is currently set up as a shop, but can serve as a party room or restaurant in the future. The new rear scene is adaptable into a covered terrace.


The new additions were constructed in the same red brick as the monument. The staircase at the front is hidden behind a filigree screen of masonry in claustra bond. The joinery and cast iron trusses of the monument were given their original colours back.


Material Used:
1. Facade cladding: Brick, Brigand, Floren
2. Doors (steel): Steel, Jansen, Economy 50 
3. Doors (wood): Wood (oak, painted green), custom made by Van Nooten
4. Windows (steel): Steel, Jansen, Economy 50
5. Windows (wood): Wood (oak, painted green), custom made by Van Nooten

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Facade cladding - brickFloren
Doors (steel), WindowsJansen
Doors and Windows - oak wood (green painted)Van Nooten
Product Spec Sheet
Facade cladding - brick
BRIGAND by Floren
Doors (steel), Windows
by Jansen
Doors and Windows - oak wood (green painted)
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