As from April 21, 2008, Conservatorium van Amsterdam houses in a new building at the Oosterdokseiland, near Amsterdam Central Station. This will be a particularly inspiring location for music students: the new building will have a central position in a cultural area, with among other things the 'Muziekgebouw' with three concert halls for classical music and jazz, and the Public Library. The other Amsterdam University of the Arts faculties are situated at walking distance.
The new building has an inviting atmosphere and has been equipped with everything the students need in order to prepare themselves for their future professional career. Students can organize a solo or ensemble concert, or ncreate an interesting project with other music students or students from other art disciplines, make their own posters and flyers, sell tickets, or record their concerts in one of the concert halls and present the demo on the internet radio on the CvA website.
Especially designed for music
The design, by architect Frits van Dongen, is based on the 'Engawa model', the Japanese way of building, where the corridors are situated next to the outer walls of the building and the rooms (concert halls, lesson, and study rooms) within. Large windows in the front will transmit sufficient daylight into the rooms. This way of building ensures that students can study without being disturbed, because the corridors will keep noises from outside out.
The new building will be constructed in three units. At ground level there are four halls:
● the Bernard Haitinkzaal, a large hall with 400 seats
● Amsterdam Blue Note, a hall for jazz and pop concerts, which seats 200
● the Sweelinckzaal, a recital hall with 120 seats
● the Theaterzaal, which seats 50
All halls have recording equimpent, so that each concert or exam can be recorded.
There are also a foyer and a canteen at ground level. At the next level there are four floors with lesson rooms and on top of these there are two floors with the library, a lecture-hall and study rooms.
Acoustic experts from Akoestisch bureau Peutz have researched the acoustic requirements of the lesson and study rooms and concert halls extensively. With these results is has been possible to adapt the lesson and study rooms exactly to the wishes of students and teachers.