Project DescriptionDeLaMar Theatre – Amsterdam
The building which now houses DeLaMar was built in 1887 and was once used as a school and a warehouse. During the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II, the Germans stored data relating to forced labour in the building. The Dutch resistance bombed the building on 7 January 1944, causing part of the building to burn down. In 1947, architect Piet Grossouw bought the building and opened the “De la Mar Theater”, which he named after famous actor Nap de la Mar, his wife Fien de la Mar’s father. Wim Sonneveld bought the theatre in 1952 and reopens it as the “Nieuwe de la Mar Theater” (English: New de la Mar Theater).
The theatre was closed for rebuilding in 2005 by the VandenEnde Foundation, which was established by Joop and Janine van den Ende. After finishing the rebuilding in 2010, the theatre was renamed DeLaMar and officially opened by Queen Beatrix.
Both auditoria are designed as multipurpose theatres and are equipped with full technical stage installations. The main hall, which is named after Wim Sonneveld, has a SIAP variable acoustics/surround sound system for impressive 3D sound.
Our Scope of Work
- • Design, Technical Specification and Tendering of the technical theatre installations and equipment, including theatre seats, stage curtains etc. to optimally receive touring theatre and music ensembles
- • Supervision and commissioning of the technical theatre installations and equipment
- • Integration of the theatre and acoustic design into the unique architectural concept, on a limited site area in the city centre opposite the municipal theatre and surround by a wide range of different venues.
- ClientVanDenEnde Foundation
- ArchitectJo Coenen & Co Architects, Ama Group
- Project duration2003 - 2010
- Gross Floor Area9.500 m2
- Main hall Wim Sonneveldzaal 949 seats
- Small hallMary Dresselhuiszaal 601 seats
- Total Building Costs€ 67 million excl. VAT
- Theatre Installations€ 6,2 million excl. VAT