Van Dongen-Koschuch, renovated docklands building, Theatre De Kampanje, Den Helder, The Netherlands, Frits van Dongen and Patrick Koschuch, renovated theatre, Willemsoord

The new Theatre De Kampanje was envisioned as part of a wider regeneration of Willemsoord, a former naval yard in the northern Dutch city of Den Helder. Amsterdam-based Van Dongen-Koschuch, headed by Frits van Dongen and Patrick Koschuch, was in charge of its striking renovation. To turn the old docklands building into the modern theater, the studio repaired the old brickwork and installed a contrasting glazed auditorium right at the building’s core.

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Van Dongen-Koschuch, renovated docklands building, Theatre De Kampanje, Den Helder, The Netherlands, Frits van Dongen and Patrick Koschuch, renovated theatre, Willemsoord

Designed to preserve the spatial experience of the historic building, the cultural shelter sets ‘an interplay of structure, craft, public space, docks and water’, according to the studio. For instance, wooden shutters can be drawn around the theater’s glass walls to prevent distraction during performances, while strips of lighting highlight new areas like the bar. Another important aspect of the renovation was to set the main entrance to the theater in the center of the site, while a secondary access gives a fresh perspective to a forgotten edge of the city.

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Photos by Allard van der Hoek