Municipal Theatre

by | 24. Jul 2012

Cultural | Extention/ redesign | Feature
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Photo: Christian Richters

 

The Municipal Theatre of Haarlem is a cultural landmark in the historical city centre of Haarlem. The original theatre, built during World War II, is a listed monument and ranks among the five most important theatres in the Netherlands.

After almost one century, the existing theatre no longer met contemporary requirements for theatre techniques, production facilities and building accessibility. As a result of several renovations the building had lost most of its original character. Respectful restoration of its unique character was one of EEA’s main design objectives.

With tribute for the authentic style and atmosphere, I wanted the new parts to exceed the original in a way that blends the flight tower into the original building almost invisibly.
/ Erick van Egeraat

The most striking intervention to the monument is the replacement of the original flight tower by a new structure. To house all required facilities the flight tower’s volume has been significantly increased but he visual impact minimized through the cascading layering of the facade in material and shape.

The facade composition connects the contemporary and historic elements, and in an upwards transition of materials, the flight tower seemingly dissolves into the air.

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Photo: Christian Richters

 

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Photo: Christian Richters

 

The facade composition connects the contemporary and historic elements, and in an upwards transition of materials, the flight tower seemingly dissolves into the air.

Brickwork, ornamented porcelain and partially screen-printed glass are integrated into the existing eclectic Art Deco fa├žade. The porcelain ornaments, a collaboration between Erick van Egeraat and Dutch ceramic artist Babs Haenen, complete the composition which proceeds the original style of the facade and gradually connects the existing building with the new flight tower.

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Photo: Christian Richters

 

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Photo: Christian Richters

 

The monumental spaces, like the theatre hall and adjoining foyer spaces, whose original quality has been lost over the years, are now restored to old splendor with contemporary comfort.

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Photo: Christian Richters

 

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Photo: Christian Richters

 

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Photo: Christian Richters

 

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Photo: Christian Richters

 

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Photo: Christian Richters

 

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Photo: Christian Richters

 

The revitalized identity, the blending of new and old, will ensure the Municipal Theatre Haarlem to keep its place in the centre of contemporary theatre life.

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Drawing courtesy Erick van Egeraat associated architects Ground Floor Plan

 

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Drawing courtesy Erick van Egeraat associated architects First Floor Plan

 

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Drawing courtesy Erick van Egeraat associated architects Second Floor Plan

 

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Drawing courtesy Erick van Egeraat associated architects Third Floor Plan

 

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Drawing courtesy Erick van Egeraat associated architects Section

 

INFORMATION

CITY Haarlem
COUNTRY The Netherlands
CONSTRUCTION YEAR 2008
ARCHITECT Aude De Broissia
Massimo Bertolano
Kristjan Kaltenbach
Frank Huibers
Erick Van Egeraat

CLIENT

CONTRACTOR

PUBLISHER