The world-renowned Zaha Hadid architects recently has designed the New Dance and Music Centre in The Hague. The building culminates in a gracious curving roofline that neatly nests itself within the city skyline. A very good attempt of creating a fluid force field from the ground surface to the horizontal louvers that seemingly moves when graced by light and shadow.
+ Project description courtesy of Zaha Hadid architects
DESIGN FOR NEW DANCE AND MUSIC CENTER [THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS]
The design concept for the New Dance and Music Centre in The Hague is developed from the unique urban dynamics of the site, resulting in a structure with subtle volumetric gestures that invite the public from the ground-level plaza into the heart of the building. The seamless continuation of the public domain into the structure further reinforces the cohesive character of the building, which combines four major institutions into one single envelope: the Royal Conservatory, the Netherlands Dance Theatre, the Residential Orchestra and the centre’s Guest Programming. The building culminates in a gracious curving roofline that neatly nests itself within the city skyline.
In sharp contrast with basic rectangular geometry, the design features a fluid force field of horizontal louvers that seemingly moves when graced by light and shadow. This unique characteristic creates a playful language on the facade, articulating public circulation, the foyers and the sculpted inner atrium, while allowing visual connections outside to the square as well as exciting glimpses into the building.
+ Project credits / data
PROGRAM: Dance and music center
LOCATION: The Hague, Netherlands
CLIENT: City of The Hague
SIZE: Gross Building Area 48000 m2, excl. underground car parking
ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Associate: Joris Pauwels
Project Leader: Paulo Flores
Project Team: Rafael Contreras, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Thomas Buseck, Oliver
Malm, Hoda Nobakhti, Akif Cinar
Local Architects: Bureau Bouwkunde [Netherlands]
Structure: AKT [UK]
Services: Max Fordham [UK]
Theatre: Theatre Projects Consultants [UK]
Facade: Newtecnic [UK]
Acoustics: Peutz [Netherlands]