Singer Laren is an internationally renown cultural institute that consists of a museum, sculpture garden and theatre, in the midst of the beautiful small village of Laren. Its heart is the 1911 villa of William and Anna Singer, artist and collectors.
After William's death Anna decided in the 1950s, to build a museum in his remembrance and to add a theatre, originally meant for musical and TV performances. This theatre was hard to keep up in the current cultural climate, due to technical restraints.
This was the starting point for rebuilding the theatre. At the same time, we wanted to create a common entrance for all functions, a public foyer to the museum, garden and theatre at the same time.
The new foyer facade finishes the original outline of the complex, but keeps a distance from the villa, making the villa stand out as it originally did, but allowing for an new entrance in between old and new.
The design connected all functionalities - museum, theatre and garden - in a covered, freely accessible 'living room' for the village. The foyer space, wrapped around a golden theatre box, has a wooden facade, which works as a voile, allowing scarce views from inside to outside.
The theatre itself is a compact, intimate space, useful for music as well as traditional theatre.
The wooden theatre interior, with curving walls refers to the inside of a musical element.