The Urban Entertainment Centre in Almere includes 16,000sqm of shopping, pop concert hall, disco, hotel, bicycle park and associated leisure, cafe and restaurant facilities. These functions are grouped together beside a new sunken square and form an edge to the southern limit of the existing town centre.
According with the development masterplan for Almere, which envisages a process of 'intensification' for the city centre, the building creates a 16,000sqm waterfront entertainment centre. The Centre consists of a family of volumes grouped around a new square and elevated four metres on a unifying podium, which covers a parking area. Varied in form, the buildings use a variety of materials to create a rich new urban landscape.
At the heart of the development is the Pop Zaal, its reinforced concrete structure clad in pre-weathered zinc and steel mesh. The scale of the structure is not apparent at first sight and cloaks the various internal functions of auditorium, disco, bar and ancillary spaces in a continuous metal skin.
The Almere Hotel is a 120 room 4-star hotel clad in cedar boarding. The hotel has a raised 'sleeping block' approximately 4,000sqm, that is lifted eight metres above street level. Below the ground plain is the car park with a direct connection to the lobby.
The 400sqm two-level entrance building is organic in shape and clad with brass. It houses the lobby, meeting rooms, a restaurant, a bar, offices, and storage spaces. Two elevators, a staircase and a services shaft connect the entrance bubble with the main accommodation component.