Bamboo Theatre for Opera Performances in Noordwijk
This mobile bamboo theatre was designed in 2017 by Studio Akkerhuis for the opera performance "Gestrand Verlangen" in Holland. The Kunstklank group has been organizing events for 18 years in which professional and non-professional artists work together.
Up until now, a new and non-reusable open-air stage and grandstand has been built at various locations in Noordwijk every year. Studio Akkerhuis was commissioned to create a unique outdoor theatre in which sustainability of the structure and its use are central.
The design resembles a combination of a small amphitheater and a Bedouin tent that is reminiscent of a 19th century traveling circus.
We adviced to utilize 4 different kinds of bamboo species with different diameters for the construction of the tent structure and stands. This resulted in a total of 5800 bamboo poles that were all manually put together with bolts or rope.
The theatre can be assembled and dissembled by volunteers, which makes it completely reusable. The theatre is also flexible because the configuration of the grandstands can be adapted to different events and locations.
Only the groundworks and foundations, the canvas and the central crown with metal connectors were produced by professional manufacturers. All other activities were carried out by a team of 50 volunteers over a total period of 3 months.
For the foundation, 32 concrete foot plates of 760 kg each were used. This is to guarantee that the bamboo structure will remain in place with wind forces up to 8 Beaufort.
Areal view of the bamboo theatre.
With a diameter of 20 m, a height of 7 m, and a maximum capacity of 250 people, the theater remains a relatively intimate space where the audience is never more than 10 m away from the action.
The use of bamboo creates a warm atmosphere and the canvas ensures that the spectators, the costumes and the technique are protected against different weather conditions.
This bamboo theatre creates a special experience where performance, architecture and landscape are inextricably linked.
The natural surroundings with a view on the beach and the setting sun as a theater lamp, forms an integral part of a musical-theatrical total experience with soloists, choir, orchestra and dance.
At the end of the season, the bamboo theatre will be dismantled and stored until the following year. All bamboo elements are made in such a way that they are no longer than 5.8 m and therefore easily fit into small sea containers.
This year the opera performance will take place on Noorderstrand Noordwijk, in the coming years it will show up in the dunes, the forest or the bulb fields.
Watch the construction video here!
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