| 12 : 30 – 19 November 2018 |
Zonnewende theatre pavilion in Netherlands by Reset Architecture is designed to blend and stand out as well in a nature reserve.
Located in dense woods, the theatre pavilion has performance spaces which can accommodate 200 people amongst other activity spaces. Finished in four sandy colour tiles, the exteriors seem to rise from the natural tones of the surrounding soil. The grey tones used for facade and roof are inspired by the nearby asphalt fields.
Theatre pavilion in the woods
From the Architects –
Reset architecture has designed a multipurpose theatre pavilion with a hall for 200 seats in the woods of ‘Zonnewende group stay’. The sturdy brick building is designed to blend into its surroundings but also to stand out.
The domain of ‘Zonnewende’ is part of a nature reserve, you find dense woods combined with open spaces for sports and play. Barracks in the woods are used for theater, musical performances or other activities. A 220 m2 derelict barrack is now replaced with a 430 m2 pavilion, offering space for 200 seats in a theatre hall.
Section through the performance spaces
Roofline and shape –
The buildings on the Zonnewende grounds have a certain nonchalance in their architecture. The presence of different types of roof shapes provide an informal quality. Within this context, a building with a special roof type may seem like a logical continuation. Reset has given this a twist by reshaping a simple gable roof.
Model representing the theatre pavilion
Gable roof with cut at edge
A rectangular volume with two gable roofs are cut out at corners so that the building-contour follows the edge of the woods. This allows the pavilion to blend in easily in its surroundings. It also creates an interesting façade differentiation with dynamic roof lines. Optically, this approach also changes the scale perception of the building, you never experience the full extent of the pavilion.
Dynamic roof lines
Four types of color tones of the brick cladding
The sensitive way Reset architecture situates the building also shows in the encounter of facade and sandy bottom, a color gradient in the base brickwork softens the transition. The façade is made up of four brick types, each with its own color scheme, to subtly resonate color tones from the soil. The façade with a grandstand has a totally different character. The harder gray shades in the façade and roof are a clear visual reaction to the adjacent asphalt sports field.
Grey tones used for roof inspired by adjoining asphalt sports field
The entrance is slightly accentuated with a recess which is created by the interlocking of two wall surfaces. Upon entering the entrance hall you experience the continuity of the woods in the interior. The birch wood walls and ceilings give it the right atmosphere that are combined with the matching tiles in which you see different gray and brown shades from the sandy soil of the woods. The theatre pavilion was constructed in a short time during the winter when Zonnewende is closed, lack of time and a limited budget required a pragmatic design.
Interior framework from birchwood
Floor plan –
The plan has a clear organization composed of two zones; the multipurpose theatre hall and all additional program. The pavilion is built with a prefabricated timber frame construction that is also the birch finishing of the interior. The inner wall between the hall and the hallway form a unit with the roof through the use of birch wood.
In order, the rafters consistent with the wall and the roof, and give a clear organization of space. The contrast is created by the white timber outer wall that folds freely. The wall claims its own logic, which is also emphasized in the divergent position of the openings.
Clear organisation of space
Project Name – Zonnewende theatre pavilion
Location – Sint-Michielsgestel, Province – North Brabant, The Netherlands
Architect Firm – Reset Architecture | www.resetarchitecture.com
Design Team – Theo Mathijssen, Bas Lavrijssen, Tess Landsman, Lenka Hrubá
Client – Zonnewende group stay
Completion Year – 2016
Built Up Area – 430 sq.m.
Photography Credits – © Stijn Poelstra | www.stijnstijl.nl