An impressive example of urban projects in the Netherlands is the successful development of the former Sphinx-Céramique factory site on the eastern bank of the river Maas. The site measures 22 hectares in total. In less than 5 years, numerous buildings have arisen here: the Bonnefanten Museum with its Wiebenga hall, Het Vervolg theatre, Plein 1992, offices, apartments and the Centre Céramique with the municipal library, the municipal archives and the European Journalism Centre. Conceptually the apartment complex forms part of the staggered defensive walls – see the natural stone plinth (unpolished shell limestone) that even forms a ‘mock façade’ at the water’s edge as an extension of a quayside wall. The finishing of the interoir is luxurious: natural stone and stained high-grade veneer.
Only the Michelin star restaurant Beluga on the ground floor is open for the public. To make a reservation see their website: http://www.rest-beluga.com/. Opening hours restaurant: Tuesday - Friday from 12.00 (noon) – 01.30 pm.
Tuesday - Saturday from 07.00 pm – 09.30 pm.
Sundays and Mondays closed.
How to get there?
Buses 1 – 9 – 11 – 56 – 57 – 58 stop at Avenue Céramique.
Car: from north on A2: At the 5th set of traffic lights (Koningsplein) turn right to the Scharnerweg. Drive straight on through the tunnel. At traffic lights turn left. You are now on the Avenue Céramique. After 50 m. you see the Centre Céramique on your right.
From south on A2: Take the 1# exit, Maastricht Centrum (Kennedysingel). Then take the second exit. At the traffic lights turn right. You are now on the Avenue Céramique.