The newly-built foyer creates a connection between the two existing buildings, namely the sculpture garden and the new theatre. Architectural firm krft teamed up with Sanne Oomen of Oomen Ontwerp to create the design for the new building. Oscar Vos, architect and partner at krft says, “This was the first time we’ve been asked to design a theatre. So, we started with extensive research, and spent days with the employees at Singer. The design evolved from this process”.
Light grey bricks lead the way
An extra-long brick in a light grey shade was chosen for the façade of the new foyer. Vos says, “We chose this special colour to give the plinth a light and accessible character. The long bricks have been laid in random patterns with a light mortar: this creates a monochrome surface, which leads to the entrance”. The entrance gives visitors an immediate glimpse into the sculpture garden beyond the foyer.
The theatre rises above the plinth. “We wanted to position it modestly, because the shape is actually too big for the village. The volumes and colours of the surrounding buildings, including a lot of roofs with flat, clay tiles, were carefully examined. This gave rise to the idea of using a sloping brick – a specially formed brick with a sharp edge, which gives you a beautiful horizontal shadow effect when the sun shines at a certain angle”.
Vos describes the development of this sloping brick as exciting: “We developed the shape in partnership with Wienerberger. A similar mould already existed, and we modified it to suit our ideas. We also designed new moulds for the cornerstones – a fascinating process!” The sloping bricks are fired in a mix of colours. “Like patchwork, literally composed of colours from buildings in the surrounding area. And a perfect match for the villa, of course”, says Vos. The sharp horizontal lines ensure that the building merges with the landscape. “The light on the façade is particularly beautiful in the morning and in the evening”, says the satisfied architect.
Project nameSinger Laren Museum, Laren, Netherlands
Architectkrft architects, Sanne Oomen of Oomen Ontwerp
Custom-made façade bricks
Year of completion2017