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New Dance and Music Centre

  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • 2010 – TBC
  • City of The Hague
  • Competition / Research
  • 48000m2
  • Gross Building Area: 48000m2 (excl. underground car parking)
  • Site Area: 6000m2
  • Footprint Area: 4400m2

In sharp contrast to the basic rectangular geometry of its surroundings, our design proposes a structure punctuated by fluid horizontal louvres, which seem to move when graced by light and shade – issuing a playful invitation to enter – moving upwards to culminate in a gracious curving roofline.

Design for the New Dance and Music Centre in The Hague developed instinctively from the urban dynamics of its city centre location, producing a structure defined by subtle volumetric gestures that invites visitors to enter via a ground-level plaza.

Within, the seamless continuation of public domains reinforces the cohesion of a structure which houses four major institutions – Royal Conservatory, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Residential Orchestra and Guest Programming – the whole culminating in a gently curving roofline.

In sharp contrast with conventional rectangular geometry, our design proposes a fluid force field of horizontal louvres, which seem to move when graced by light or shade – a unique characteristic affording a playfulness to the façade – articulating public circulation through foyers and sculpted inner atrium, providing tantalizing glimpses onto inner spaces.




Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Associate

Joris Pauwels

Project Leader

Paulo Flores

Project Team

Rafael Contreras, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Thomas Buseck, Oliver Malm,, Hoda Nobakhti, Akif Cinar, Victor Orive, Fabiano Continanza, Amrita Deshpande, Florian Goscheff

Local Architect

Bureau Bouwkunde (Netherlands)




Max Fordham (UK)


Theatre Projects Consultants (UK)


Newtecnic (UK)


Peutz (Netherlands)