The building originally cost 1.2 million Euros
Tens of thousands of citizens, students, tourists and others sat on the stairs and enjoyed the atmosphere and the view. But from Monday the Information Center on the Grote Markt will be torn down and removed. As reported by the Groninger Internet Courant.
Fences will be erected around the building from Monday 9 March.
Now that Forum Groningen is finally ready and the tourist office has been relocated to that building, there is no longer a function for the Information Center at the Grote Markt. The building will have disappeared by the beginning of April. It was originally put up as a ‘temporary’ structure 8 years ago, thanks to the huge construction delays on the Forum.
The building is to be dismantled and the material will be disposed of. Materials that are still good will be reused as much as possible, such as the wood from the stairs, the installations, the steelwork and set plates under the building. Concrete will be re-used as rubble on roads. The plates designed by Mendini and used as wall coverings may be given a new purpose.
In addition to a building, the Information Center also served as an attractive seating area in the form of the stairs. Many visitors to the Grote Markt have enjoyed using it in recent years. The Grote Markt will be redesigned in the coming years, with more publicly available seating.