Ziggo Dome

Ziggo Dome

Concert Halls
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Occupied in 2012

Ziggo Dome

Benthem Crouwel Architects as Architects

The ArenA Boulevard, the heart of Amsterdam Southeast, is a key area of Amsterdam and greatly influences the appearance of the city as an international cultural, economic and tourist center. The boulevard is intended primarily for entertainment, shopping and a combination of sport, leisure, play and recreation. With easy access via train, bus and metro and surrounded by highways it is the ideal location for the Ziggo Dome, the Netherlands’ latest concert hall for 17,000 spectators.

Concert halls with medium capacity were lacking in Amsterdam as well as in the rest of The Netherlands, while 80% of the concerts in the rest of the world and especially in the United States, are given in concert venues with a capacity between 12,000 and 20,000 visitors. Hence it was a deliberate choice to enter the international market of providers with the same capacity. Renowned artists create a show for a world tour especially for concert venues with such capacity. The stage, lighting and sound of the tours are adjusted accordingly and the Ziggo Dome is the first location in the Netherlands designed as the ideal venue for these artists of world class.

Brightly lit and dark at the same time, the impressive Dome shall not go unnoticed when passing by. The building is covered with 120,000 LED fixtures, allowing the facade of the building to appear as a video screen on all sides. The 10,000 m2 video screen can be used for announcements or to show what is happening inside. Closer to the building the individual lights and the pattern of the facade in which they are incorporated, become visible.

Acoustics and atmosphere

The experience for visitors is essential in the design. Especially acoustics, sightlines and atmosphere are important factors that contribute to a spectacular musical experience. The design principle of the Ziggo Dome is: 'single-purpose design, multi-use'. The venue is specially designed for amplified music, but with minimal modifications, the venue can be made suitable for tennis matches, an Olympic swimming pool or a skating rink.

Acoustic material is incorporated in the walls, stands and ceiling which limits the reverberation time in the hall to a minimum and creates dry acoustics. Behind the walls lies an area that provides the necessary sound insulation, and also includes other features such as stairwells, offices, restrooms and banqueting opportunities. The exterior wall is shaped like a bell-jar around the building, which ensures that the sound vibrations will not get out.

On the ceiling of the Dome all desired sound systems, lighting and decor can be fixed. The roof is so strong that without additional measures a hundred tons of lights and speakers can be hung. This roof structure makes it possible to give the space a new form and content in a short period of time. There is flexibility in the ambiance as well. The black room is neutral in color, so any atmosphere can be created with the right lighting.


Not only the thrill of a performance, but also the experience of all aspects related to a show are optimized. The clear access, many toilets, sufficient catering opportunities and the U-shape in which the seats are positioned, contribute to an atmospheric evening. The building is a big hall divided into six layers: a basement, ground floor and four floors op top. Visitors with a ticket to the ground floor, stay on that level during the whole concert and find all necessary amenities such as a cloakroom, toilets and catering in the foyer that stands in a U-shape around the hall. The concert hall and lobby function as one area, where visitors can move around without passing a door.

Depending on the number of visitors to a gender, the number of toilets can be adapted. Due to the design of a movable wall between the toilets, more male or female toilets can be created as desired. Divided over the four floors, two tiers of seats are accessible by stairs and elevators. Two lounges are in open communication with the hall and reachable via the stands. Each lobby has its own toilets and catering.

Visitors are separated upon entering the building in accordance with their spot on the ground floor, lower or upper tier or VIP area so everyone can get efficiently and quickly to his seating. VIPs can enter the building through the front door on foot or drive into the garage, that is situated under the building. The tier of the VIP seats has its own facilities. In the 'backstage' section on the ground floor all functions associated with loading and unloading, catering and waste disposal are situated, including installations and storage. On the higher levels there are dressing rooms, offices and 'star rooms’. By installing thirty stairs, the venue can be empty within three minutes in case of emergency.

In the first half year after opening a lot of great artists, including Pearl Jam, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Muse have scheduled concerts in The Netherlands’ largest concert hall. In time, more than one million visitors and more than 100 events per year are expected.

Facts Number of LED fixtures: 120.000 Number of prefab concrete elements: 4.500 Steel: 1.600 tons Capacity Total capacity: 17.000 people Ground floor: 7.700 people Lower tier seats: 4.030 people Upper tier seats: 4.470 people Member Seats (Vip): 800 people Gross floor area: 49.000 m²

Twentinox LED Media Façade

Twentinox as Manufacturers

The façade at the entrance of this new pop concert hall is wall-covered with a translucent Twentinox metal fabric. The metal shield serves as framework for LED panels, to broadcast corporate identity. Integrated modular LED panels show upcoming events in advanced resolution. With this architecture, client established a solution that fits future demands to enlarge the publishing surface, with best economical and ecological performances for coming decades. Twentinox material DELTA LIMA offers the perfect features to incorporate LED screens for façade use: The sophisticated clicking system allows quick mounting or removal. The supreme quality stainless steel components, ensure a strong, long lasting, wind and weather resistant façade frame. Twentinox LED frame is a cost-effective achievement in the field of media façades. It is a new style to broadcasts high quality motion pictures in a solid metal mesh framework on a large surface area. The LED area is modular and can be enlarged. Twentinox architectural fabrics are produced of first class wire of European suppliers. Mainly produced of recycled materials. Twentinox materials are very sustainable, easy to clean and have low maintenance cost.

Bolidtop® will soon be dancing with the stars

Bolidt as Manufacturers

Imagine the host of a live music show shouting out: ‘Amsterdam Arena, Heineken Music Hall, Milky Way, eat your heart out, here comes Ziggo Dome’. A thunderous applause follows.

When it comes to music, there is no question that the new pop venue Ziggo Dome is the unanimous winner. Acoustics are the key to truly memorable concerts. Ziggo Dome, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, has a ‘single-purpose, multi-use’ design. Built for amplified, live music and – unlike the above-mentioned colossal structures – not for large-scale events in general. It will be hip and happening.

The most striking aspects of the design are the roof, the flooring and the stands; these features are part of a package designed to create acoustics of unprecedented quality. At this point, Bolidt is proud to reveal that it will install 32,400 m2 of flooring systems. Proud, because Ziggo Dome is an ingenious project with numerous innovations and a dazzling future ahead. In addition, there is the introduction of a supposed world first!

The size of the venue posed a problem. Architect Job Schroen in an interview on Dutch radio: ‘Everybody knows that the acoustics in football stadiums are not great. That has to do with the fact that the stands are made out of concrete. This does to sound what a mirror does to light, it reflects it. What we have done, and I think we were the first to do so in the world, is to build stands that allow sound to pass through them, so that it is absorbed behind the stands.’ This is not the only amazing thing about Ziggo Dome. The roof construction can easily carry 100 tonnes of material. That equals two heavy lorries! The constructions that were used also reduce reverberant noise to a minimum and the roof is sound insulating.

All of this clearly calls for a collaboration of equal partners. The question is: what will Bolidt do? Install flooring systems on the balcony structure, as part of the soundproofing? Apply durable systems in the previously unmentioned, immense underground car park? Play a part in creating those unique stands? That and more will be revealed the next time!

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