Paard van Troje (Trojan Horse)
After a renovation and extension by OMA the performance
center, Paard van Troje (Trojan Horse) opened to the public at the
beginning of the new cultural season in September.
With most of the new construction located behind an ancient monumental facade Paard van Troje, Trojan Horse, is an appropriate name for the cultural center, previously known as Paard.
With most of the new construction located behind an ancient monumental facade Paard van Troje, Trojan Horse, is an appropriate name.
By removing the old construction behind the historic facade, a
complicated problem of space and acoustics could be solved
efficiently. The small concert hall, with seating for 300
people, was positioned directly behind the historic facade while
the large concert hall, seating 1100 people, was constructed on the
backside of the two buildings, making it accessible from an
The entrances of both halls are on the same level so that they can be used together for large events. The cafe in the historic building is also connected so that all public spaces can be used together.
The lobby, under the small concert hall, shows the confrontation
of old and new. The walls are left untreated and show damages and
changes that happened during the last century. The small hall is
supported by six beams with large buffers and does not touch the
historic walls and facade, avoiding acoustic leaking.
At the Lange Beestenmarkt side the new facade, of Cor-Ten steal, was constructed so that water is drained inside the facade.
Facts about Paard van Troje (Trojan Horse)
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Paard van Troje
Last updated: December 19, 2013