Renovation & reprogramming of a formal Napoleonic Naval base

Theatre Den Helder

with vD-K

Opened in 2015, Van Dongen–Koschuch’s theatre design in a former Napoleonic naval base in Willemsoord, Den Helder, has been nominated for numerous national and international prizes. The project addressed two large halls, an existing unused resaurant area and connecting office spaces. One of the main features is the glass theatre hall which can be acoustically controlled with floor to ceiling movable wooden panels. A series of studies were made for the working of these panels in the main hall and in the secondary smaller hall where a more flexible programme requested a similar, more affordable solution.
The theatre is a success in the local area and theatre goers from surrounding cities. The neighbouring ferry to the island of Texel has also added more trips to it’s timetable to compliment performances times.

location:        Den Helder
gross area:    7850m3
client:            De Kampanje
team:             F. van Dongen, P. Koschuch, H. de Haas, R. Duarte, H. Fekry, K. Sluijs, L. Gibson, R. Forsoni, G. Bottema
date started: 2012
stage:            complete
completion:  2015
costs:            19, 000 000 eur.
constructor:  IMD Rotterdam
installations: WHR Maarssen
acoustics:     LBP Nieuwegein