Amsterdam Amphi Theater Project
Buitink Technology realized a theatre space inside the Amsterdam Arena. This space is developped to permit smaller events as theatre shows, congresses, circus and product presentations besides big events like sport competitions and pop concerts.
The new facility is an ideal combination of the spacial Arena with the intimacy of a theater. It offers seats to a maximun of 12.000 visitors.
The Amphi theater
The Amphi theater is composed of 6500 m2 of textile covering/ceiling and a flexible wall of 5000 m2. Those two curtains are situated at the north side of the stadium and separate the part behind the back line of the playground from the rest of the football stadium. Maximum 12000 people can take place in the galery and another 2000 on top of a suspended platform, normally used during football competitions. In this way nobody enters the playground and the grass remains un damaged.
The ceiling can be opened or closed with steel cabels, the back wall is fixed to trusses that are suspended trough motorized tackles and catwalks. This flexible ceiling and wall allows a quick adaptation of the space to the requirements. The Amphi theatre can be installed and dismantled in one day. The material used (canvas) has been developped specially for this purpose. The fabric had to be fire and humidity resistant, resistant to aging by sunlight and respond to accoustic requirements. At the same time it had to create a specific theatre atmosphere. For this specific reason the fabric for the back wall recieved a velvet layer to give the theatre's curtain a typical "velvet" theatre appearance.
Year of implementation 2002.
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