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Street(Theatre)

Amsterdam, NL

Designed by Paul van den Berg

2007

 

Street(Theatre) is a design for the dutch theatre group ‘Toneelgroep Amsterdam’ on a central and rather monumental location at the head of the ‘Hasselt Kanaal’ in Amsterdam North.

 

The design proposes to avoid the visual iconic representation of the significance of the project in favour of a design that actually becomes an important part of the physical makeup of the surrounding neighborhoods.

 

This building manifests itself as a pubic street of culture, embedded in its context, which was at the time one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Netherlands.

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2 theatre

3 ferry port

4 market

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A new ferry line from Amsterdam Central station will arrive in the heart of the building reconnecting this forgotten part of Amsterdam with the city centre.

Five blocks are positioned to create public “streets” at ground level within the building.

The separated building blocks are reconnected above the street by transparent volumes containing the rehearsal rooms and a portion of the foyer.

The auditorium is clad in mirrors, virtually disappearing in the ensemble.

The foyer

 

The public entrance is an extension of the street, in the form of a public plaza that combines a ferry waiting area with the ticket office, coat check and cafe. The theatre foyer is located one level above where views over the canal can be enjoyed.

 

ferry arrival / entrance to foyer

ticket office and coat check

cafe / restaurant

stairway to foyer

foyer

view from foyer to cafe / restaurant

view towards auditorium

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1 street

2 public plaza

3 ferry arrival

4 small retail

5 dressing rooms

6 orchestra pit

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1 foyer

2 auditorium

3 stage

4 backstage

5 rehearsal rooms

6 offices