Pniël Church, Podium Mozaiëk

Pniël Church, Podium Mozaiëk

Architect
OIII architecten bv
Location
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Project Year
2000
Category
Restaurants

Cultural Centres

Theaters
Stories By
OIII architecten bv

Theateradvies bv
Thijs Wolzak

Pniël Church, Podium Mozaiëk

OIII architecten bv as Architects

The former Pniël Church in Amsterdam, also known locally as “the tea light”, is a very characteristic building by architect Boeyinga. In 2000 O III was asked by the Foundation Kristal to make a design to accommodate the multi-cultural stage Mozaïek in this building. The sober and serene character of the existing structure made a cautious approach necessary. The wish to leave as much of the building intact, yet at the same time to conform to the demands of a modern theatre in optima forma asked for great ingenuity of the design team. Apart from auditorium and stage, the program asked for several studios, dressing rooms and a restaurant and foyer.


By creating a floor at the height of the original balconies in the church space a theatre of good proportions and with lots of possible uses was made. The space thus created underneath the theatre floor is designated for the foyer and rehearsal studios. The rest of the program is located in the surrounding rooms. In the interior the original constructions remain visible as possible. Also, the characteristic glass building blocks, allowing the interior light to radiate to the outside, have been left intact (and supplemented with similar elements), making the building still deserving of the nickname “the tea light”.

Podium Mozaiek

Theateradvies bv as theatre consultant

The Pniëlkerk, also known as the “theelichtje” (“tea light”) in the neighbourhood Bos en Lommer in Amsterdam, was transformed from a church into a multifunctional theatre. The unique character of this church has been preserved in this transformation. The space includes a 350-seat auditorium as well as studios and workshops. A special seating system was developed for this project, where the back of every seat may be lowered to provide a table. This unique feature is utilized during congresses, lectures and social events.

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