The Glaspaleis

Modehuis Schunck

The Glaspaleis
The Glaspaleis is one of the 13 most important architectural monuments in the Netherlands. The building opened its doors in 1935 as ‘Modehuis Schunck’ (shopping-mall). The Heerlen architect, Frits P.J. Peutz (1896-1974), proved himself as 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, 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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