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 sqm of textile
covering/ceiling and a flexible wall of 5000 sqm. 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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