Neutelings Riedijk Architects is chosen as the winner of the architecture competition for the new building of the International Dance and Music Centre in city of The Hague, The Netherlands, among a field of 16 renowned international firms. More images and complete press release after the break.
The new IDMC brings together an 1800 seat Concert Hall, an 1100 seat Opera/Ballet Hall, a 500 seat Theatre and a 750 seat Ensemble Hall, rehearsal rooms, studio’s and educational spaces for the Royal Conservatory, the Netherlands Dance Theatre and The Hague Residential Orchestra. The project has a gross floor surface of about 45.000 m2 and an estimated building cost of about 120 million euro.
The project proposes a compact building volume to match the context of the old city center. In the center of the building the concert, opera and theatre halls are stacked on top of each other, imbedded in a flexible structure of classrooms and studio’s. The heart of the complex is an atrium with a monumental mountain of stairs that forms an escalator route as a continuation of the urban domain. It links all public areas and brings the visitors all the way up to the public roof terrace and cupola hall. The building is crowned with a 65-meter high cupola hall that can be used for all kinds of public events and performances. The filigree exo-skeleton gives the façade a refined and festive expression.