De Velinx Cultural Centre: Old & new

In the ancient city of Tongeren in Belgium, the urban cultural centre is combining ancient remains with modern art and architecture, and a brand new LED lighting scheme.
Tongeren is a city located in the Belgian province of Limburg in Flanders. Tongeren is the oldest town in Belgium, once a Roman administrative capital city. As a Roman city, it was inhabited by the Tungri, and known as Atuatuca Tungrorum. It was the administrative centre of the Civitas Tungrorum district. Today, the city is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. Remains of the city’s Roman and medieval structures can be seen everywhere.

Modern cultural centre

De Velinx is the cultural centre of Tongeren. It contains the city library and a large-capacity modern theatre with all the latest sound and lighting equipment. The impressive lobby area doubles as a gallery for modern art. The centre is the venue for a wide range of cultural activities, including theatre performances, dance, and film screenings. It is also a popular venue for musical shows, concerts (both classical and popular music) and even local school shows. The premises are also used for exhibitions, workshops, meetings and recreational activities.

New LED lighting scheme
2015 saw a complete renovation of the lighting scheme at the de Velinx Cultural Centre. Modern Glamox D70 LED downlights were installed in the theatre as well as in the lobby areas. In the gallery, a long row of Glamox S60 LED spotlights illuminate the art on display. All the lights are controlled by a DMX system, and are dimmable to 1%. The lighting scheme was designed by WeThink lighting consultants. The investment in a new lighting scheme was made on the recommendations of Infrax, the cultural centre’s power supplier. As a result of these investments, the state-owned cultural centre will have a savings in electricity estimated to EUR 12.000 per year.

De Velinx Tower
The cultural centre is named after the de Velinx Tower, which was part of the city’s medieval town ramparts. The tower is in ruins, but the remains of the town wall are now part of the cultural centre’s gallery. A glass floor runs along the length of the ancient wall; a modern “river” juxtaposing the old and the new.