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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre in Hilversum, Netherlands by COEN! Design Agency

April 1st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

The monumental entrance hall of the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre, originally designed by architect Elling and afterwards restyled by ‘Architects Cie’ is metamorfosed into a fresh and spacious whole. The new reception and waiting room have been transformed into two large kiosks. All in harmony with the existing building but definitely bearing the Coen van Ham signature. The brightly coloured new furniture give the library and large entrance hall a sparkling, musical red blaze.

Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre

  • Architect: COEN! Design Agency
  • Project: Entrance, library and media café of the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre.
  • Location: Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • Client: Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre, Hilversum, the Netherlands.
  • Interior Architect: COEN! Design Agency, Coen van Ham, Eindhoven
  • Interior Builder: Interieur Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn
  • Furniture: Tables and desks designed by COEN!, chairs by Allermuir, lamps designed by Bert Jan Pot for Moooi
  • Floor: +/- 800 m2
  • Start Design: 2008
  • Start Building: 2008
  • Delivery: 2010
  • Software used: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for design

Music Centre

As is often the case in today’s climate, design agencies are asked to come up with a spectacular interior design on a low budget. As was the case with the entrance hall of the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre located in Hilversum. The centre is equipped to accommodate three orchestras and is used by various radio stations, but is under threat of closure thanks to budget cuts in the cultural sector, which meant COEN! design agency really had its work cut out.

Interior View with Lighting System

“We used colour to create the overall theme and used the bulk of the budget for eye-catchers such as the two kiosks and specially design tables,” says Coen van Ham of COEN! Without changing the entrance architecturally, the space has been divided into separate areas in the form of kiosks. One houses the reception area, while another functions as the waiting room. The Dutch music library is also housed on the ground floor; “we kept existing bookcases but added magnetic, red frames which function as notice boards for posters and other information.”

Interior View

The overall concept of the large, open-plan space aims to translate the identity of the organization: “we wanted to translate the music into colour, patterns and a clear lay-out.” High-gloss materials in contrasting colours make for a vibrant feel supplemented by specially designed tables by COEN! itself, bright-red chairs by Allermuir and pendant lighting by Bertjan Pot for Moooi which creates a “virtual note bar high in the sky”. “The reactions to the new design have been above expectations. Even though it’s a large, open-plan space, people perceive the interior as cosy and harmonious,” Van Ham says.

Interior View

Coen van Ham (1971) is a Dutch conceptual designer, architectural designer and source of creative inspiration. He studied at the renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven. COEN! is one of the leading agencies in the Netherlands on account of its innovative concepts, stunning designs and inspiring workshops. His style is colourful, graphic, sober and communicating.

Interior View

COEN! shapes and guards over identity. Designs for your works of art, corporate identity, product and interior are all based in a powerful and unique concept. Designs by Coen van Ham have been included in several design and art collections. His work was shown in a diverse range of exhibitions worldwide. Coen’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and books.

Outer View

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Broadcasting Music Centre

Entrance of Music Centre

Interior View



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