Day of Architecture

Look around with the architects themselves

17 June 2023

The national Day of Architecture will take place on Saturday 17 June 2023. The organisation of Maastricht has once again brought together a full, entertaining line-up - during the Day you are cordially invited to view six special projects, with text and explanation by the architects themselves. The organization of this day is a voluntary collaboration of the Municipality of Maastricht, Topos and Bureau Europa.

You are warmly welcomed at 10:00 am at the official opening by alderman Pas (Welstand) in the Sint-Theresiakerk (Theresiaplein 8). From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can visit the buildings and surroundings on your own, with guided tours by the architects and designers. Reserve June 17 in your agenda to take a look at the Waalse Kerk, the Sint-Theresiakerk, the Polverpark and the old Festi-Village.

Bureau Europa is relaunching the successful city walk En Plein Public for the occasion, which will be available from 17 June. Walk the route along the most striking squares, streets and bridges of Maastricht as it suits you or with a guide. Inquire about the possibilities via You are also welcome at the grand opening of our summer programmes: the summer residency of architectural firm Werkstatt, the Peutz analyzes of students from the Academy of Architecture Maastricht and the integration story of an artist who immigrated from Sudan to the Netherlands, contained in ceramics.

Saint Theresia Church (CB5)

This a municipal monument, built in the 1930s and is located near Biesland. Constructed from Kunrader stone, the building has a striking appearance. Unique to this church is the structure of two layers with both ecclesiastical and social functions. This church has been transformed into a new home with office and rehearsal space for the South Netherlands Philharmonic. From house of faith to relevant house of music. Important themes in the design are the multifunctional use of the church, the reversibility of the interventions and the optimization of the acoustics. Outside the music house, the building remains available for other cultural and religious functions.

Bonnefanten College Maastricht (Butzelaar CS Architects and SatijnPlus Architects)

This old monastery is better known as the Bonnefanten College and has been used as an educational building for almost a century. Many generations from Maastricht and the surrounding area have special memories of this building. With respect for cultural and architectural history, this monastery has been transformed into a very energy-efficient and comfortable residential building, now again for students. All climate objectives have been set, such as conservation instead of replacement, circularity and reversibility, energy efficiency and comfort, safety and a social living environment. The 'next step' in the future of building and occupant.

Grande Maison du Lévrier & De L'Aigle Noir (AMA Group)

The former LIOF building at Boschstraat 76 was created by merging four buildings. After the merger in the late 18th and early 19th century, an inn, the "Hotel den Hasenwind", was established in 1802. In 1870 the name changed to “Hôtel du Lévrier” to be renamed “Grand Hôtel du Lévrier et de l’Aigle Noir” in 1897. From 1950 to 1971, the hotel school of Maastricht with training hotel was located here, before it moved to Kasteel Bethlehem in Limmel. After the major renovation and restoration in the early 1970s, LIOF held offices there until the end of 2018. Now the building will regain its hospitality function as a five-star-plus hotel.

Olround bowling, escape rooms and restaurant (Festi-Village), accessible until 2 p.m. (Marco Scheren Architect)

On the site of the former Festi-Village, a special bowling alley with restaurant and escape rooms has recently been realized, accessible through the former gate of the Festi-Village located in the monumental building at Boschstraat 30. The Festi-Village was built as a party room for the employees of Sphinx and owns a special mosaic by decorator W. Visser which follows the shape of the former roof. During the construction of the bowling alley, the mosaic (and the roof shape) has been retained, so that upon entering the building, the reference to the past contributes to the new concept. The building has been designed in such a way that the three functions can be read from the outside in terms of material and the building is also reduced in scale. The bowling alley is made of brick, the escape rooms are made of “wrinkled” concrete and the restaurant is made of wooden slats. The monument at Boschstraat 30 has been restored and converted into an office and five apartments.

Polverpark (Martens Willems & Humblé architects and CB5)

A new, park-like landscaped residential area has been created in the heart of Maastricht. The Polverpark, which takes its name from the gunpowder disaster in 1761, in which 36,000 pounds of gunpowder exploded, is located on the former site of the Klevarie care institution. The people of Maastricht also know the area as the "Abraham's Hollow". The location is directly connected to the current city park and is located on a historic site on the second medieval city wall. A remaining part of the city walls and many monumental trees have been preserved undamaged for the future by sound urban development management. In addition to the transformation of a municipal monument, the former nurses' flat and a care center, twelve city villas and several apartment buildings have been realized on top of a multi-storey parking garage. Thanks to an inventive urban plan by Martens Willems & Humblé architects, the sightlines to the towers on the Vrijthof have been preserved. The architecture was designed by Marthens Willems & Humblé architects, CB5 and Architecten aan de Maas (Han Westelaken). The park-like character is enhanced by the realization of an environmental design by Bureau Verbeek.

Walloon Church (ArCharis Architecture)

The unique history of the Walloon Church, its special monumental architectural style, its location in the heart of Maastricht, embedded in the urban fabric, together with the extraordinary vision of the current users, are the ingredients that characterize the future plans for the renewal of this national monument. Receiving, receiving, embracing and revitalizing, as the DNA and soul of the building. This essence is now recognized and reinterpreted in the renovation plans to make the building ready for the future. Founded in 1732 by a small community of Huguenots (French Protestant refugees), the Waalse Kerk is the first Protestant church building in Maastricht. Used as a church over the centuries, and renovated several times, this unique space has always been used as the protective womb that, in the broadest sense of the word, offers refuge to a range of users, both local and international: residents of Maastricht, students, refugees and those interested in meeting evenings.

City walk 'En Plein Public' on your own

The monuments make the streets! With this city walk you will discover the well-trodden paths, bridges and squares that tell the history of Maastricht and determine the city map. From the history of bridges to the courtyards and squares that also inspire today's architecture. From the new housing estates around the city center to the historic streets and cul-de-sacs, from unused squares to heritage sites with potential. But how do we restore, store, renovate and how do people from Maastricht feel about this? Curators Remco Beckers (Bureau Europa) and Joes Minis (Centre Céramique) wrote this extensive walk. You can find it here!

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Openings at Bureau Europa from 3 p.m

During the Day of Architecture, Bureau Europa will give the opening of three presentations. First of all, the summer residence of architectural firm Werkstatt (Eindhoven), leaders in ecological and socio-economic building. The Grote Toonzaal of the Timmerfabriek has been converted into a construction site to research the future of biobased building materials with students and colleagues. Adjacent, studies into the work of master architect Frits Peutz will be presented by the Academy of Architecture Maastricht. Students have drawn construction details as a method of design with special results. In the shop window, artist Taqwa Ali presents ceramic work that connects the tradition of her native Sudan with her immigration history in the Netherlands. The festive openings of the three exhibitions will take place at 3 p.m.

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