Brotherhood Holding i.s.m. Vinc Batenburg
In Rotterdam, WATT, the first Sustainable Dance Club™ in the world, is opened at the West-Kruiskade. With a radical expanding of its capacity to 2.000 people, the creation of an entrance street and innovating sustainable features, the former pop-stage Nighttown has been transformed into the most controversial and experimental pop stage in the Netherlands.
WATT has become a city in itself, a building to wander through. Each room has a unique atmosphere, created through the use of unique materials and colours structure and purpose. The main element of the design is the monumental entrance street that connects all functions in the building. The street has a rugged industrial look, during the building process it was literally hacked out of the old building. Unprocessed bricks, old piping and original window openings reveal the structure of the original building. At the end of the street are the two main halls, the large hall (stage) and the lowered dance hall (basement).
Parallel to the street are the new cafe-restaurant and the theatre hall (popular). The theatre hall can be used for an independent function or it can provide an open space for the adjacent café-restaurant. The WATT restaurant extends over two floors and is connected by a central void. The inner edges of the void are lined with a wall of hundreds of green beer bottles which, together with the background lighting, form one large chandelier. Large windows look out onto the adjacent park.
The awareness of sustainability has been made visible wherever possible. Material has only been added where it was absolutely necessary. The output of the entire water and energy household are projected as VJ-images and are part of the programming. Other visible elements are the energy exhilarating dance floor in the dance hall and the minimal wastebars in the large hall. The toilets are been flushed with rainwater and the transparent water pipes and sinks show the use up of water. One can relax in the green oasis of relax-roofs and courtyard.
WATT is a design by Kossmann.dejong in co-operation with Döll – Atelier voor Bouwkunst (Atelier for Architecture).
furniture and interior design: Kossmann.dejong
graphic design: Kossmann.dejong
construction management: Vinc Batenburg Groep
interior construction: Gielissen Interiors & Exhibitions
adviser sustainability: Sustainable Dance Club ™
concept lighting design: Tweebeeke Licht
data animation: Punchcard
constructor: ABT bv
installations: Lugthart & Zn bv (e) Arco luchttechniek bv (w) C.D.I. installatie en daktechniek bv (s) Straatsma en van Tilburg Productie (production-installation)
accoustic adviser: Cauberg-Huygen
concept energy exhilarating dancefloor: Sustainable Dance Club™
interactive design energy exhilarating dancefloor: Studio Roosegaarde
technical construction: Technical University Eindhoven (EPE group)
publicationsPoppodium WATT. www. archined.nl, september 2008 Van Hulst, L. Dansen boven de afgrond. PI, project & interieur, nr 5 2008 Overbeek, M. Verantwoorde peepshow. De Architect, november 2008 Poppodium WATT. www.duurzaambouwen.senternovem.nl Sommariva, E. Sustainable Dance Club, Rotterdam. DOMUS - special Green Ways Sommariva, E. Sustainable Dance Club, Rotterdam. www.domusweb.it