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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.

Rehearsal building opened in Düsseldorf, Germany by gmp

 
September 10th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

The new rehearsal building for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein ballet company was opened on 4 September 2015 after a construction period of less than ten months. In a consortium with HOCHTIEF Solutions, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) carried out the new construction on the historic site of the former Rheinbahn depot „am Steinberg“ in Düsseldorf as part of a PPP contract placed by Düsseldorf City Council.

Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

  • Architects: gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
  • Project: Rehearsal building opened
  • Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Photography: Marcus Bredt
  • PPP scheme: gmp ∙ Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners in cooperation with HOCHTIEF Solutions AG and HMI, BIG and Capatti Staubach
  • Design: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Kristian Spencker
  • Team: Veit Lieneweg, Silvia Schneider, Michael Scholz, Ramona Schwertfeger, Elisa Rodriguez, Elke Glass, Katerine Witte, Daniel Tome
  • Client: Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
  • GFA: 4.500 m²

Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Located between the listed historic tramway depot and housing along Kopernikusstrasse, the compact building provides ideal conditions for rehearsal. The Oper’s approx. 50 professional dancers and the ballet school’s 55 students have at their disposal two ballet rooms with full-size stage dimensions, three smaller practice rooms as well as changing rooms, rest rooms, a physiotherapy room and an apartment for guest artists.

Cantilever of the western façade,Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Cantilever of the western façade,Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Ballet rooms, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Ballet rooms, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

While the architectural expression of the new building is distinctly different from the heterogeneous backdrop created by the houses, giving the place a succinct appearance, the building volume – which recedes towards the south – creates a balance between the adjacent historic Rheinbahn depot and the twelve-meter high block with the stacked ballet rooms to the north.

Ballet rooms, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Ballet rooms, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Corridor, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Corridor, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

The immediate architectural surroundings of the new building are characterized by historic industrial use. The architectural style and the associated materials and color scheme make deliberate reference to the industrial character of the place, giving the building its workshop and atelier ambiance.

Canteen, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Canteen, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Ballet room, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Ballet room, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

As a workshop in the sense of an experimental and creative space and as a place of incompleteness in a positive sense, the building is not embellished with a prominent color scheme in the quest for dominance. This approach is continued in the interior – color and materials are deliberately restrained and the walls are left in fair-faced concrete.

Restrained color and materials, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

Restrained color and materials, Image Courtesy © Marcus Bredt

The building consists of the stacked, double-height ballet rooms and the associated functional areas arranged on three floors. The conspicuous cantilever of the western façade highlights the building´s access from Merowinger Strasse. Here is the two-story foyer, the glass façade of which defines the entrance area, thus differentiating it from the fair-faced concrete façade of the building. The foyer and the canteen welcome the visitor with generous access space, from where circulation areas lead through the building on all floors. The ballet rooms are accessed via generous entrance areas on the first and third floors, thereby avoiding any disturbance to the ongoing dance rehearsals in front of the mirror walls.

Site plan, Image Courtesy © gmp

Site plan, Image Courtesy © gmp

Floor plan first floor, Image Courtesy © gmp

Floor plan first floor, Image Courtesy © gmp

Floor plan second, Image Courtesy © gmp

Floor plan second, Image Courtesy © gmp

Floor plan second, Image Courtesy © gmp

Floor plan second, Image Courtesy © gmp

Floor plan third floor, Image Courtesy © gmp

Floor plan third floor, Image Courtesy © gmp

Cross section, Image Courtesy © gmp

Cross section, Image Courtesy © gmp

Longitudinal section, Image Courtesy © gmp

Longitudinal section, Image Courtesy © gmp

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