Erick van Egeraat
The Municipal Theatre of Haarlem is a cultural landmark
in the historical city centre of Haarlem. The original theatre,
built during World War II, is a listed monument and ranks among the
five most important theatres in the Netherlands.
After almost one century, the existing theatre no longer met contemporary requirements for theatre techniques, production facilities and building accessibility. As a result of several renovations the building had lost most of its original character. Respectful restoration of its unique character was one of EEA's main design objectives.
With tribute for the authentic style and atmosphere, I wanted the new parts to exceed the original in a way that blends the flight tower into the original building almost invisibly./ Erick van Egeraat
The most striking intervention to the monument is the
replacement of the original flight tower by a new structure. To
house all required facilities the flight tower's volume has been
significantly increased but he visual impact minimized through the
cascading layering of the facade in material and shape.
The facade composition connects the contemporary and historic elements, and in an upwards transition of materials, the flight tower seemingly dissolves into the air.
The facade composition connects the contemporary and historic
elements, and in an upwards transition of materials, the flight
tower seemingly dissolves into the air.
Brickwork, ornamented porcelain and partially screen-printed glass are integrated into the existing eclectic Art Deco façade. The porcelain ornaments, a collaboration between Erick van Egeraat and Dutch ceramic artist Babs Haenen, complete the composition which proceeds the original style of the facade and gradually connects the existing building with the new flight tower.
Facts about Municipal Theatre
Renovation: 3,340 m2
Extension: 4,030 m2
Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects
Aude de Broissia
Alda Sofia Jesus
Nils van Merienboer
Alberte van Santen
Jerry van Veldhuizen
Municipality of Haarlem
Photographed by Christian Richters
Last updated: December 19, 2013