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Cultural centre De Roma

Together with DMT architects, we took care of the art-deco cinema building De Roma: from the restoration of the building over the modernisation of the stage and technical infrastructure to the facade restoration of the protected monument in Borgerhout.
Flemish government's 2016 Real Estate Heritage Award
  • Architect: DMT architecten i.c.w. Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Client: vzw De Roma

  • Budget: facade: € 2,000,000 - ventilation: € 800,000

  • Timing: 2003 * 2014

  • Status: Executed

  • Photographer: Koen Broos

  • Advisors: BAS (stability), Daidalos - Peutz & studieburo Herelixka (techniques), Daidalos - Peutz (acoustics), Guido Canfyn & D-Rent (theatre techniques)

  • Restoration and renovation of art deco cinema building (2003),
  • modernisation of stage and technical infrastructure (2005),
  • facade restoration of protected monument (2014).
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2003 - 2006

A first foundation of major renovation works to preserve the listed building was laid in function of the temporary opening of De Roma in summer 2003.

In 2005, the technical infrastructure and stage were modernised as a function of the further expansion of the cultural house's operations and the building's adaptation to current fire standards.

The complete restoration and renovation of the cinema building into a concert hall with theatre tower, stage and technical infrastructure took place in phases between 2003 and 2006.

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The latest restoration campaign from 2014 -2016 aimed to:

  • integrally restore the roofs and facades,
  • correct the building physics problems in the outer shell and
  • optimise energetically.

The lighting was renewed and the public hall was fitted with a new ventilation system again for maximum improvement of visitor comfort and the building's energy performance.

We supervised De Roma both in the organisation of the works under our own management and those included in the facade and roof restoration dossier.

As executive architect, we led the execution of the works.

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Meet our versatile project team

From Team Renovation, Restoration & Maintenance (5)

Nadja 569 A3492 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Nadja Van Houten

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BB Arno oct 2014

ir. arch. Arno Van Hulle

Project architect
Maintenance consultant
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B B Martijn Vyncke 8087 Large

ing. Martijn Vyncke

Energieadviseur
Daglicht expert
Adviseur technische installaties
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prof. arch. Jan Moens

General Director
Head of Research & Development Department
Managing Director
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B B Ken Koolsaet 7293 Large

Ken Coolsaet

Adviseur platte daken
Veiligheidscoördinator
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