The vertical foyer is a pivotal point in the social functioning of the theatre, and serves to organise wayfinding and the linking of the different programmes within the building. In the auditoria the ceiling elements can be lowered and angled to adjust volume levels when required, while the acoustic wall panels reflect and increase the quality of the sound for every seat in the auditorium.
During the day the lower glass portion of the facade enables daylight penetration directly from both the front of the theatre and from above, throwing daylight deep into the foyer and above the stairs leading to the auditoria. In the evening a warm and inviting atmosphere is created through the use of both colour and artificial lighting.
Although the demands of the regional theatre are many and varied, ways must be found to balance design ambitions with affordability. One means by which it was possible to save significant costs on construction was through the use of Design Information Modelling (DIM): a knowledge integrated performance driven design methodology employed during the design phases which affords the opportunity to test and to model spaces swiftly and in an integrated fashion.
Theatre de Stoep, Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
Architects: Ben van Berkel / UNStudio
Design team: Ben van Berkel, Gerard Loozekoot with Jacques van Wijk and Hans Kooij, Lars Nixdorff, Thomas Harms, Gustav Fagerstrom, Ramon van der Heijden Tatjana Gorbachewskaja, Jesca de Vries, Wesley Lanckriet, Maud van Hees, Benjamin Moore, Henk van Schuppen, Philipp Mecke, Colette Parras, Daniela Hake, Mazin Orfali and Selim Ahmad
Engineer design phase (structures and building services): Arup
Engineer execution (structure and architecture): IOB
Advisor installations execution phase: De Blaay – Van den Boogaard
Lighting design: Arup
Theatre technique: PB theateradviseurs
Acoustics: SCENA akoestisch adviseurs
Costs: Basalt Bouwadvies
Main contractor: VORM Bouw
Aluminium facade: Sorba projects
Steel structure: Staalbouw Cluistra
HVAC: De Jong installatietechniek
Electricity: Steegman Elektrotechniek
Interiors: Form Finish
Theater technique: DTS2
Seating: Jezet Seating
Area: 5,700 sqm