Theatre ‘The Kampanje’ is the new cultural centre and playhouse of Den Helder, located in the city’s old naval yard ‘Willemsoord’. The project transforms a collection of maritime buildings, which have been inaccessible for over 170 years, by introducing new public functions such as a concert hall, flexible performance spaces, an art centre, offices and a restaurant. Inspiration for the design is drawn from the identity and character of the historic buildings, an interplay of structure, craft, public space, docks and water.
In order to maintain the unique character of the interior and exterior spaces, the design is restrained, with careful consideration undertaken for any changes made. To ensure the spatial experience of the grand historic halls, an auditorium has been designed of glass. This characterises the additions made, with an emphasis on transparency that stands opposite the introverted nature of the existing historic fabric. Nevertheless, the auditorium sits a naturally within the protected building, with the use of glass creating long sightlines across the hall; seeing and being seen becomes a guiding theme throughout. This conviviality is part of the traditions of the theatre, with the social aspect often just as important as the performance itself. The strength of the intervention lies in the precision of the restoration, combined with the radical nature of the additions.
The plan has also an important urban component, which will give fresh impulse to a forgotten edge of the city. By situating the main entrance toward the centre of the site while adding secondary access to the city at the side, a lively public path is created, along which various elements of the programme are organised, restoring the connection between the city and sea.
Theatre ‘The Kampanje’ is a multi-functional cultural centre and playhouse located in the old naval yard of Den Helder, NL. At the heart of the the development is a transformable glass theatre.
Ensuring the spatial experience of grand historic halls, the glass theatre creates long sightlines across the hall. According to the architects, seeing and being are guiding themes throughout. The open nature of the theatre can however be transformed as desired with the use of walls panels. Manufactured by Espero, these wall panels when closed transform the theatre into a more intimate, enclosed wooden hall.
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Theatre ‘The Kampanje’ is the new cultural centre and playhouse of Den Helder, located in the city’s old naval yard ‘Willemsoord’. With this new building there are some new public functions such as a concert hall, flexible performance spaces, an art centre, offices and a restaurant.The wooden movable panel walls of Espero are installed in the glass theatre hall of Theater de Kampanje. The glass theatre hall can, when required, be closed by use of Espero’s Sonico panel walls. It will transform the theatre hall into a wooden hall. For every type of event inside the building, the ideal combination of openness, transparency, privacy and even glass or wood can be selected.
The hall is completely multifunctional. With theatre performances light plays an important role. With Espero’s Sonico movable panel walls, the hall can be fully closed so the theatre light can be used optimally. For concerts or a cabaret performance the wall can be closed partially. And with a congress, the hall can kept open so during the day there will be a lot of daylight. Architects van Dongen – Koschuch have taken all these possibilities into account with their design.