Interior Rotterdamse Schouwburg
Design for renovated public area in Rotterdamse Schouwburg.
The main hall and lobby of the Schouwburg theatre are designed to be multifunctional. In addition to serving as the main reception, these areas are used for parties, lectures, performances, conferences, etc. The various components of the design can be rearranged to create new layouts for constantly changing activities. The cash register/bar unit has wheels, and can be moved and connected to various floor outlets for water, electricity, beer and data. The large, moveable seating gallery is used for performances and offers a place for visitors to drink coffee or read during the day. The tables also double as stage components and the ceilings feature hanging lighting rigs for performances and ambient lighting. The 12-metre video wall is an especially eye-catching feature that can be used for video art, digital theatre, VJ performances, presentations and announcements. The design complements the sober style of the existing architecture, with the choice of materials helping to add a sense of warmth and style. A stone-clad floor and slatted ash ceiling combine with wool carpeting on the stairs and walls, furniture in white steel and calf-leather, and stone-clad tabletops.
For Rotterdamse Schouwburg and the city of Rotterdam.
Function: project leader for main designer Jan Versweijveld.
Rotterdam, August 2008 – October 2010