Pathé Cinema

Location: Zwolle

Client: Pathé Theaters BV

Facade: DOK architects

Interior design: Naço Architectures

Phase: Completed

Photographer : Egbert de Boer

At the request of Pathé, we started a study in mid-2013 into the possibilities for realizing a cinema on the Katwolderplein in Zwolle. In this area, which is being developed by Multi Vastgoed, there is space for a cinema in addition to living and a large parking garage.
The area is located in De Vogelbuurt in the Kamperpoort district, a 19th-century district with small-scale buildings and old industrial buildings. The district is undergoing a radical transformation. The small-scale buildings will be partly renovated and industry will be replaced by housing. The buildings on Katwolderplein form a transition/link between these small-scale buildings and the city centre.
In consultation with developer Multi and the municipality, we made a design for the urban integration of the cinema in this area.
Together with the parking garage, the cinema forms an urban development mass that on the one hand follows the building lines on the Katerdijk and the Pannekoekdijk and on the other forms the square. The halls of the cinema and the garage merge, as it were. The block is becoming increasingly transparent towards the city. 2 rooms stand out from the crowd and stand apart from the crowd, half inside / half outside the building.
The plinth has room for catering and/or shops, creating an attractive residential climate on the ground level. The entrance to the cinema is located on the corner of the Katerdijk and the Pannekoekdijk. On the other side of the intersection is the new pedestrian bridge that connects this area with the city centre.
On the first floor is the cinema shop, the foyer and the entrances to 3 theatres.
In the centre of the building on the façade are the escalators that can be used to reach the 6 other halls located higher up. In total, the cinema will have approximately 1,500 seats.
An important starting point in the design is the creation of interaction between the cinema and the city. Making the movements in the cinema visible contributes to the dynamics that fit in the city and specifically with this location.

DOK architects from Amsterdam are involved in this project for the design of the facade. The weaving facade is characterized by white horizontal bands with red vertical masonry piers. The 2 separately positioned rooms will be finished with white glazed brickwork.