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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.

New Dance and Music Centre in The Hague, Netherlands by Zaha Hadid Architects

March 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

In sharp contrast to the basic rectangular geometry of its surroundings, our design proposes a structure punctuated by fluid horizontal louvres, which seem to move when graced by light and shade – issuing a playful invitation to enter – moving upwards to culminate in a gracious curving roof-line.

Night View

  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Name of Project: New Dance and Music Centre
  • Location: The Hague, Netherlands
  • Duration: 2010 – TBC
  • Client: City of The Hague
  • Type: Competition / Research

Exterior View

  • Gross Building Area: 48000m2 (excl. underground car parking)
  • Site Area: 6000m2
  • Footprint Area: 4400m2
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Competition Team: Rafael Contreras, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Thomas Buseck, Oliver Malm, Hoda Nobakhti, Akif Cinar
  • Project Associate: Joris Pauwels
  • Project Leader: Paulo Flores
  • Local Architect: Bureau Bouwkunde (Netherlands)
  • Structural: AKT (UK)
  • Services: Max Fordham (UK)
  • Theatre: Theatre Projects Consultants (UK)
  • Facade: Newtecnic (UK)
  • Acoustic: Peutz (Netherlands)


Exterior View

Design for the New Dance and Music Centre in The Hague developed instinctively from the urban dynamics of its city centre location, producing a structure defined by subtle volumetric gestures that invites visitors to enter via a ground-level plaza.


Exterior View

Within, the seamless continuation of public domains reinforces the cohesion of a structure which houses four major institutions – Royal Conservatory, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Residential Orchestra and Guest Programming – the whole culminating in a gently curving roofline.


Bird Eye View

In sharp contrast with conventional rectangular geometry, our design proposes a fluid force field of horizontal louvres, which seem to move when graced by light or shade – a unique characteristic affording a playfulness to the façade – articulating public circulation through foyers and sculpted inner atrium, providing tantalizing glimpses onto inner spaces.


Interior View

Interior View

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Categories: City Center, Music Centre

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