Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Holland

Frits van Dongen
Date Built
Oosterdokseiland, near Amsterdam Central Station
This building beside Amsterdam's Central Library, describes itself as, "... the largest and most diverse conservatory in the Netherlands."  It contains four performance halls, a foyer and canteen, as well as classrooms, a library, a lecture hall and study rooms.  The architects says of it that, "The Conservatorium of Amsterdam can best be described as a college of music and a concert hall in one. ..... Due to the complex acoustic demands and the required high standard of sound insulation for the Conservatorium, the programme has been turned inside out. The engawa principle has been applied: a Japanese housing typology where all passageways are placed along the perimeter of the building. This way all corridors leading to the classrooms and study rooms serve as a sound- and thermal buffer while making the activities visible from the outside."