Cultural Center Rozet

Cultural Center Rozet in Arnhem houses a library combined with a heritage centre, art centre and community college. It is conceived as a large public staircase that meanders up from the narrow streets of the medieval city center to the spacious panoramic roof. The stair-mountain is a public space for encounters, performances, coffee nooks or to read a book. Along one side, this upward-sloping street resembles a giant bookcase, with displays, windows and colossal front doors in sturdy oak frames.

The visibility of this interior street from outside, as well as the apparent programming on the inside of the building, strengthen the public identity of the building on both street and city level.

The façade is composed of sand-colored concrete elements decorated with molded “rosettes”. Shaped like Penrose diagrams, they symbolize the infinitely growing knowledge diffused by the building.

Project data


Bartokplein / Oeverstraat, Arnhem, The Netherlands


Cultural centre, Library, Music and Dance school, Art studios, Exhibition spaces, Auditorium, Grand-Café, Bookstore

Surface Area

12.000 m2

Year Of Completion



Dutch Building of the Year 2014, ARC14 Award Best Dutch Interior Design, Nomination Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, Heuvelink Prize 2014, Best Library of 2013


Architectural Design
Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Architectural Engineering
ABT Adviesbureau voor Bouwtechniek
Building Physics
DGMR Raadgevend Ingenieurs
City of Arnhem
Cost Consultant
Bremen Bouwadviseurs
Main Contractor
Bouwbedrijf Wessels Rijssen
Ingenieursburo Linssen
Scagliola Brakkee
Structural Engineer
Van de Laar advies- en ingenieursbureau