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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.

Theatre de Kampanje in Den Helder, The Netherlands by van Dongen-Koschuch

 
July 26th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: van Dongen-Koschuch

Theatre ‘The Kampanje’ is the new cultural centre and playhouse of Den Helder, located in the city’s old naval yard ‘Willemsoord’. The project transforms a collection of maritime buildings, which have been inaccessible for over 170 years, by introducing new public functions such as a concert hall, flexible performance spaces, an art centre, offices and a restaurant. Inspiration for the design is drawn from the identity and character of the historic buildings, an interplay of structure, craft, public space, docks and water.

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

  • Architects: van Dongen-Koschuch
  • Project: Theatre de Kampanje
  • Location: Willemsoord, Den Helder, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Allard van der Hoek
  • Architect in charge: Frits van Dongen, Patrick Koschuch
  • Design Team: Henk de Haas, Rui Duarte, Klaas Sluijs, Lorna Gibson, Gianna Bottema, Hesh Fekry, Raul Forsoni
  • Constructor: IMD, Rotterdam
  • Acoustics & Engineering advisor: LBT, Nieuwegein
  • Area: 7850 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

In order to maintain the unique character of the interior and exterior spaces, the design is restrained, with careful consideration undertaken for any changes made. To ensure the spatial experience of the grand historic halls, an auditorium has been designed of glass. This characterises the additions made, with an emphasis on transparency that stands opposite the introverted nature of the existing historic fabric. Nevertheless, the auditorium sits a naturally within the protected building, with the use of glass creating long sightlines across the hall; seeing and being seen becomes a guiding theme throughout. This conviviality is part of the traditions of the theatre, with the social aspect often just as important as the performance itself. The strength of the intervention lies in the precision of the restoration, combined with the radical nature of the additions.

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

The plan has also an important urban component, which will give fresh impulse to a forgotten edge of the city. By situating the main entrance toward the centre of the site while adding secondary access to the city at the side, a lively public path is created, along which various elements of the programme are organised, restoring the connection between the city and sea.

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © Allard van der Hoek

Image Courtesy © van Dongen-Koschuch

Image Courtesy © van Dongen-Koschuch

Image Courtesy © van Dongen-Koschuch

Image Courtesy © van Dongen-Koschuch

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