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.
Poppodium De Vorstin in Hilversum, The Netherlands by Frits van Dongen, de Architekten Cie.
November 19th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Frits van Dongen, de Architekten Cie.
The Sovereign pop venue is an icon for musical expression, situated at a prominent location in Hilversum. It lies within walking distance from the railway station, at a major crossroads in the inner-city road network, and is clearly visible from the train. As a consequence, the front on the Koninginneweg is the most important façade: it is The Sovereign’s visiting card.
The construction programme of The Sovereign shows that the new building is typified by two main functions: the main auditorium and the music café. In line with its function, the main auditorium has a closed character, whereas the music café has a more open ambience. In addition, the building contains auxiliary functions such as rehersal studios, dressing rooms and working spaces, a foyer and passageways.
The starting point of the design of the building was to structure the passageways and the auxiliary functions as a buffer around the main auditorium and the music café, thus efficiently realizing sound proofing for the environment. This layout simultaneously generates The Sovereign’s image: the spatial and architectonic representation of the new pop venue is fashioned in the principle of a box within a box.
As a result of this approach, the configuration of the pop venue is split into three zones: an entrance and foyer with their presentation on the Koninginneweg side, the main auditorium and the small auditorium/music café as the key functions, visible behind the glass wall of the foyer, and a service strip at the side – above the loading and unloading area – with auxiliary functions such as storage and dressing rooms.