About the host Rik Verhalle
Rik studied architecture and is a city guide in Eindhoven. Every month he shares a tip.
With a combination of cycling cafe de Cyklist, designer Bart Hess and creative collective NUL ZES, the NRE site generates a new energy. And, if you listen closely, jazz tunes can be heard during the evening. Those tunes come from Fifth NRE, Rik’s new Tip.
The site, now better known as the NRE terrain, once started with the first gasworks of Eindhoven. A new gas factory was added in 1899, located near the Canal. The building, also known as Building 5, was designed by architect Louis Koolen. He also designed the old cigar factory, which was later converted into the Ventoseflat. Eindhoven's gas industry drew the cityscape with its vast gas container for a long time. Ninety years later, the municipal utilities (responsible for gas, water, and electricity) moved onto the site. Hence the name NRE: Nutsbedrijven Regio Eindhoven.
Today, the number 5 is a recurring phenomenon at the site as a tribute to the past. You can find Jazz club Fifth NRE in 'building 5'. The concept of a jazz club comes from America. In the States, a jazz club is a restaurant where you can listen to live music while enjoying dinner and a drink. But 'jazz club' alone is too modest when describing Fifth NRE. With the large surface of the old gas factory, there is plenty of room for five complementary concepts: a coffee roaster, restaurant, bar, music stage, and meeting room. In the coffee roasting area The Roast, they roast the coffee beans themselves and give coffee workshops. Rik also tips the bar, named The Bar. Go there for delicious booze & bites. Don't forget to check out the design of the round bar itself, located in the middle of the room.