Amare Performing Arts Home / NOAHH
Text description provided by the architect. Amare is the new performing arts centre in The Hague (NL): home to the Nederlands Dans Theatre (NDT), the Residentie Orkest, the Royal Academy of Music and the Amare Foundation. Perfectly integrated into the urban planning of the city, Amare is the soul of the cultural center of The Hague. The building is a striking building of international appeal, designed by NOAHH in collaboration with JCAU and NL Architects for the city of The Hague. A large part of Amare is open to the public, and the building offers unprecedented possibilities for how it can be used.
multidimensional peace. Amare has significant added value to the vibrancy and versatility of the city centre. This is an urban agglomeration where activities are available 24/7. The lower levels of the building create a footable and welcoming passage where everyone can move freely. Amare has been designed as a “Multiversum”: a fascinating, multifunctional and dynamic cultural and social space, with streets, alleys and squares nestled between large buildings. A visit to Amare is an experience that spans cultural dimensions. In addition to the four large auditoriums, there are many smaller studios. What makes Amare unique is that students, professionals and the public coexist in one building. The internal links between the Royal Conservatoire, Residentie Orkest and the NDT realms allow for a spontaneous interaction.
An elegant and compact building. The compact building has an understated and confident design with a signature rhythmic look. The natural continuity of the urban fabric is achieved by opening the façade and wide passages “like a series of theatre curtains”. The organically designed branch structure consists of precast concrete elements. Vertical windows in the music studio and office space extend from floor to ceiling. As a result, there is a good visual contact with the street and what happens inside becomes visible on the outside.
identity. With a rich variety of materials and colors, Amare accommodates different worlds in one building. Each auditorium has a specific, recognizable exterior finish. For example, the cladding of the dance theatre is made of bamboo, and the concert hall is wrapped in golden metal panels. The auditorium is surrounded by a foyer with a corresponding atmosphere. The anthracite-black interior of the dance theatre references the old Lucent Ballroom. Many removable wall panels provide excellent variable acoustics for dance, speech and opera. The design of the concert hall is mainly in the classical style. The acoustically modulating concrete wall finishes and gold sliding panels are unique. Amare has world-class acoustics thanks to Federico Cruz Barney of Studio DAP Paris.
A model of sustainability. Amare was awarded the BREEAM Certificate of Excellence, a unique performance for a cultural building of this scale and complexity. Regarding BREEAM, sustainable energy and technology are as important as satisfaction, quality and user-friendliness. The roof is equipped with solar panels. The reuse of the existing underground car park is also a feature. In addition to its future value, and building on what already exists, Amare is an “inclusive building”: a building that can be used by almost everyone, so much so that there are even birdhouses and bat habitats clinging to the branches between. exterior wall.