The New Dance and Music Centre in The Hague
by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

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Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

This proposal by Amsterdam architects RAU and design agency Powerhouse Company is one of three projects vying to win a competition to design a dance and music centre for The Hague. 

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

The new centre would accomodate central performance auditoriums, offices, practice rooms, and a learning centre in the roof.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

A vertical sliver of glass at the entrance would offer views of an atrium space and plaza, while revealing movement within the building.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

The design is one of three finalists, competing with Zaha Hadid Architects (see their proposal in our earlier story) and Neutelings Riedijk Architecten.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

More details on the competition website. The winning project will be announced this month.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

Here's more information from Powerhouse Company:


The architectural concept shows the movements of the performance in the design of the auditoriums. Visible for the public: the city and the Spuiplein. The building is a stage for performing arts, but also a tribune on the Spuiplein and the city.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

The design of the supporting space and practice rooms form the neutral, open and flexible spatial frame in which the movement of the auditoriums find their connection to the site.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

It is the clear ambition of the four institutes that will be housed in the DMC to create a synergy between their institutions so that the result is more then the simple sum of four institutions.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

From student to top-professional, from teacher to visitor, from practice room to large auditorium: the spatial synergy within the building for a large degree will determine the synergy between the different users.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects Powerhouse Company

The constellation of users creates a truly unique cultural hybrid building that does not exist yet anywhere in the world. At the same time it poses a number of important challenges.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

How to create a common identity while simultaneously respecting each of the users unique background? How to combine the neutral, flexible and open space needed for the preparation and creation of performing arts with the specific, intimate and technically perfect spaces needed for performances themselves? If the building is a laboratory for performing arts that take place in time, how do we give form to this space for time?

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

The concept can clearly be read in two parts: the clear spatial frame that creates a volume and the open space within that frame. Within this open space the fluid volumes reminisce the rhythm and movement of performances.

Dance and Music Centre by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

Two 'walls' and a 'roof' form the clear, rational and efficient volume that opens up towards the plaza. The back wall houses the preparation and supporting spaces that can be placed within standard office floors.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

In the side wall all the spaces are positioned which need exceptional height, such as the practice and dance studios. The roof houses the school and library.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

Under and within this rational and flexible volume lies a cascade of flowing space. In this spatial atrium the foyers and auditoriums flow over into a super public vertical landscape. The plaza extends far into the building; it flows into the atrium creating spectacular views over the city.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

This atrium, with its super efficient system of escalators, is the main infrastructural spine for the building: this is where not only all the different users meet each other, but also the visitors and the city. The city is always present in the view, so are the other foyers.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

On the level of the city, the individuality of each institute is only recognizable in the alteration of movement of the facade. Only in the interior of the building the different institutes reveal their individual nature.

Dance and Music Centre in The Hague by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

The result is a building with a wide range of spatial qualities. On the one hand a building with a very clear logistic and infrastructural mainframe that is ideal for studying, practicing and working. On the other hand a generous, spectacular, highly public and exciting space that is specifically geared towards maximum performances.

Dance and Music Centre by RAU Architects & Powerhouse Company

A building for dialogue and discovery - for the artists and the city. Watch the film here.

Credits:

Design team: Thomas Rau, Nanne de Ru, Marijn Emanuel, Bjørn Andreassen, Sander Apperlo, Johanne Borthne, Daan Brolsma, David Goehring, Stijn Kemper, Anne Larsen, Ard-Jan Lootens, Olen Snow MillHolland, Ania Molenda, Kaan Ozdurak, Stefan Prins, Magdalena Stanescu, Vincent Valentijn, Sybren Woudstra.

Structural design by Gilbert van der Lee / BREED ID.

Engineering advice by ARUP.

Climate advice by Octalix.

Images by MIR.


See also:

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The New Dance and Music Centre in The Hague
by Zaha Hadid Architects
Centrum Muziek XXI by
Architecten van Mourik
Tour des Arts by
Forma 6
  • Stefan Prins

    There's also a short video about the project on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdCcSs6TaAw

  • Bruno

    How to make a building :
    Get two different projects, paste them together on a site and you're laughing…

    not nice

  • Antny

    I love the simple circulation diagram around and within the building design. The main atrium serves as a focal piece and a central hub. The only major gripe I have is that the footprint seems too large for the site. Corridors between the building and its neighbors appear too tall and narrow.

  • pim

    nice to see a rendering with such dreary dutch weather; is that managing expectations?
    It seems like a nice and hospitable design.

  • George

    WOW I LOVE IT! THAT HAS GOT TO BE THE WINNING PROJECT! HAVE ALSO SEEN THE OTHER ONES – NOT NEARLY AS NICE!

  • lecorbusier

    Destroying an OMA building for this is unbelievable.

    • http://archipelagoes.blogspot.com Tim

      well, the OMA building isn't quite that good, is it? I doubt that it's main quality (being one of the first OMA buildings) is necessary a reason to keep a building that's not really functioning (anymore), right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511692478 Joshua Nelson

    Fantasical renderings, perfect selection for perspectives and situations

  • noyz

    Rainy render!!, not very common, last two images and first one are good, well done render people. The project is not very inspiring, the upper box is quite awkward and the glass curtain wall doesn't match the ondulated corrugated balconies and it's structurally not credible. And the rear part of the building?, no images.

  • Tosh

    I am totally convinced that this project is really well thought through.. you can tell that from the plan. The visuals are detailed too. The only thing that I'm sceptical about how it will look in the end is the glass facade on the front – everything else is really nice to see.

  • mike

    its nice,and matches with the enviroment,..

  • http://lettuceoffice.com nico

    good job on the rendering, olen

  • howard

    much nicer than the zaha ones..
    would even be better if there are more drawings showing the magnificent atrium and the activities within

  • gab xiao

    Well, I hope this is not going to destroy the original OMA Dance Theatre. That was a first example of a new spatiality taking over, and reconnecting to the old Modernist realm. Floating platforms, 'peeking' booths, compressed and lofty rooms, Piranesi-like spaces introducing a whole new experience of our built environment. …after a long stalemate in trite historicism.

    Sadly, what we are seeing here is a bastardized (and abusive) pastiche of the above vocabulary, now devoid of any meaning or clear urban connection; ready-made Chinese renderings (no disrespect!) to serve for a Gargantuan taste, as if suddenly The Hague has been bought bit by bit by Russian nouveau-riches. It looks like the Revolution has been devouring its heros…

  • Sam

    This project already looks dated. It almost looks brutalist…

  • xtiaan

    it looks like its clad in courrugated cardboard

  • plus

    the rainy-day-render on the first picture is excellent! for this case, i don't care about the building design or space planning anymore. never has rendering appeared to me with so much power!

    what software did you use? please tell me or i'll have sleepless nights *_*

  • kadabum

    Their design of the first round look much more powerful and convincing (to be found on http://www.rau.nl). I can imagine that the second round needed a closer investigation into actual programmatic needs as well as budget which meant certain adaptations to the initial design. Still the tension between the different formal elements has in my opinion greatly been lost.
    "How to create a common identity while simultaneously respecting each of the users unique background?" – Those flashy, polished renderings (even though they do really look great) certainly do not help to show that aspect of the project. The only thing they convey is a project following a generic, commercial, global look that I associate with some of the megalomaniac projects around the world. Is that our new global common identity?