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plan of roof garden 1 entrance to roof garden 2 outdoor seating 3 stair to back garden 4 entrance to roof garden 5 bridge across patio 6 wooden terrace 7 entrance to roof from courtyard 8 balcony above Tussenmeer 9 courtyard 10 patio 11 back garden
plan of roof garden 1 entrance to roof garden 2 outdoor seating 3 stair to back garden 4 entrance to roof garden 5 bridge across patio 6 wooden terrace 7 entrance to roof from courtyard 8 balcony above Tussenmeer 9 courtyard 10 patio 11 back garden

ground floor plan 12 café 13 ticket sales 14 foyer 15 auditorium 16 artistes' entrance 17 artistes' room 18 entrance to dance school 19 library 20 communal space 21 theory classes 22 dance studio 23 changing room 24 entrance to underground parking 25 exit from underground parking
ground floor plan 12 café 13 ticket sales 14 foyer 15 auditorium 16 artistes' entrance 17 artistes' room 18 entrance to dance school 19 library 20 communal space 21 theory classes 22 dance studio 23 changing room 24 entrance to underground parking 25 exit from underground parking

entrance to the world of dance from Tussenmeer
entrance to the world of dance from Tussenmeer

west elevation
west elevation

patio in dance school
patio in dance school

detail of elevation onto back garden
detail of elevation onto back garden

hall on back garden
hall on back garden




PROJECTINDEX
 
MOVING TUSSENMEER
Technische Universiteit Delft
ARCHITECTURE

The site chosen for the dance centre is in the post-war Amsterdam district of Osdorp, in a small tranquil green area surrounded by residential blocks. One of the blocks separates the site from the street called Tussenmeer. The aim of the design is to create an inviting garden for the court's residents as well as to stitch together the secluded green court and the more anonymous public domain of Tussenmeer. That second aim is achieved by the world of dancers which breaks through the existing physical barrier. Dance has been chosen as the programme, as being an activity in which locals of all age groups and cultures can participate. It is also an art form that can attract people from outside the neighbourhood. These new duties are housed beneath the existing green space, which now raised becomes a many-faceted landscape. Holes punched in the surface form patios in the dance school and tie it to the garden. Each patio has its own ambience related to its use.
An important theme in the building's architecture is movement. The flowing frontage draws attention to and plays with the undulations of the roofscape. Similarly, the taut repetition of slender beams supporting the concrete roof creates an element of lightness in the spaces underneath. A second theme is the balance between interaction and privacy, important in a delicate performing art such as dance. To preserve this balance, the facade has been draped over the building like a veil. Overlapping layers create various degrees of privacy in the rooms behind them, but also allow passers-by a glimpse of the dancers' movements inside.