building services adviser:
Mampaey - Van Alphen BV
Knipmeyer & Blok
building physics adviser:
Lichtveld Buis & Partners
In the summer of 1993, the first discussions took place between the ACC, Intermezzo and our bureau about the future new-build plans for a music and theatre venue for the Vrije Universiteit (VU) cultural centre on the Uilenstede site in Amstelveen.
A study of the extra space requirements over and above the existing accommodation led to a building programme with a floor area of approximately 1,000m². Elements to be included here were a multifunctional auditorium of 300 m², a foyer and the annexes for offices, washrooms and dressing rooms, storage and rehearsal spaces.
The city council had already stated the intention to give the building a central position in a square-like space in front of the existing combination building. In addition, the car park was to be reorganized with greenery, so that the venue would also be visible from the road and would acquire an inviting and public function. In the design, the building's relationship with its surroundings is accentuated by implementing the foyer as a transparent space and by orienting towards the entrance side from the road. The auditorium volume with its advertising lights is also an eye-catcher when seen from the road.
At the back is the strip of offices in a stone-like mass, which is connected to the existing combination building by means of a glassy walkway on the first floor.
This strip of offices also includes the ACC offices, the information desk, the washrooms and dressing rooms, storage, the toilets and the rehearsal spaces.
In order to bring the various volumes together, a large roof was installed above the foyer, which connects the outside space with the foyer on all sides with its eaves.
On the entrance side of the foyer, this roof overhang is so large that the control booth falls under it completely. In this way, people are sheltered as they come inside.