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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Mecanoo architects: die toneelschuur in haarlem

'die toneelschuur in haarlem' by mecanoo architects, haarlem, netherlands
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mecanoo architects

delft-based practice mecanoo architects have designed the 'die toneelschuur in haarlem', a discreetly positioned theater
in the heart of haarlem, netherlands. wedged between existing structures along a narrow and winding street, the elevated
contemporary facade cantilevers to welcome visitors into a sheltered gathering space in front of the influential venue.
upon entering, a double story atrium evoking the character of a street is enclosed with both glass wall and ceiling to produce
an airy interior space contrasting the dense urban context.

the central area dissolves into a series of wings and corridors leading to the programmatic spaces. containing two theaters
and two auditoriums, the diverse seating configurations and stage dimensions support a variety of productions and performances.
a material palette of exposed brick and grey tile turn into warm wood floors and concrete partitions evoking the transition
from the cityscape into the intimate rooms.

lifted above street level to create outdoor gathering area

interior atrium

mezzanine overlooking atrium

upper level corridor

entrance to theater


at night

floor plan / level 0


site model

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