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Frits P.J. Peutz, ABBC, Jo Coenen, Wiel Arets Architects
location Heerlen
function cinema, culture, education, library, museum, renovation
contributed by toffe_tico

The Glaspaleis (glass palace) is one of the 13 most important architectural monuments in the Netherlands. The building opened in 1935 as ‘Modehuis Schunck’ (shopping-mall). The Heerlen architect, Frits P.J. Peutz (1896-1974) proved to be a true innovator: he ‘packed’ his ‘stacked market’ in glass, with a large transparent glass-coated façade in fine metal profiles. The construction, visible from the outside, consists of beamless floors resting on white mushroom columns. The open and transparent Glaspaleis became the architectural eye-catcher of Heerlen. Since 2003, following impressive renovations under the management of architects Jo Coenen and Wiel Arets (in a joint-venture with Buro Bouwkunde: ABBC), it has gained new purpose: cultural institutions (cinema, music school, public library and town gallery) and Vitruvianum (centre for architecture in the Euregion Maas-Rhine), provide a varied programme full of music, film, dance, literature, expressive art and architecture.

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Bongerd 18
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday - Saturday: 9.00-23.00 hr, Sunday 11.00-17.00 hr. Guided tours can be organised upon request. A modern monument well worth visiting simply to experience its extraordinary architecture.
How to get there? The Glaspaleis in Heerlen lies on 6 minutes walking distance from the train-station. From the station, walk towards the centre, follow the Saroleastraat until you reach a square, 'De Bongerd'. The Glaspaleis is opposite of the street.
Completion 9- 2003
Main designer, ArchitectFrits P.J. Peutz
ArchitectJo Coenen
ArchitectWiel Arets Architects
Client City of Heerlen
Project ID 1365
Latitude/Longitude 50°53'17N 05°58'45E
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