This tip from Rik is one that has changed shape many times over the years, but is now an international platform for design praised by many, like The New York Times. We are talking about Kazerne.
Rik starts with a little bit of history. You can find this beautiful building on the Paradijslaan, a stone's throw from the city center and district De Bergen. The oldest part of the complex was originally built as a military police station in 1832. The location was strategically chosen, as in those days the station was located just outside the city. If you look closely, you can still see traces of that period of time, such as the metal rings attached to the walls, which were used to tie the reins of horses to them. Over the years, the building has also served as a stall for garbage trucks, a fire station and, in the 1980s, as a theatre. After that it fell into disuse for quite some time.
International platform for design
Fast forward to 2014. After thorough renovation, Annemoon Geurts and Koen Rijnbeek opened restaurant and exhibition space Kazerne. In the years that followed, the rest of the site was also renovated and the function of Kazerne was expanded. Nowadays there are two restaurants (mediterranean and Scandinavian), meeting rooms, a design hotel, and a design shop. In the shop you can choose from a variety of collectables, from small gifts to large objects. In the courtyard you can relax on the terrace, one of Rik's favorite hangouts in the city.
Exhibitions and events
In addition to the changing exhibitions, Kazerne regularly organizes other events. It is one of the standard must-sees during the annual Dutch Design Week and with Eindhoven Innovation Café, it offers a platform where designers from Eindhoven and beyond have a place to discuss various themes related to design. Rik can go on and on, but one thing is certain: this place is not to be missed if you want to get to know Eindhoven as a city of design.
Rik studied architecture and is a city guide in Eindhoven. Every two weeks he shares a tip.
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