City Theatre and art centre "De Kunstlinie" Almere NL – architects SANAA – Sejima & Nishizawa
Designed by Japanse Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa on the shore (and partly on top) of the "Weerwater" lake that borders Almere’s city center, the theatre is part of Rem Koolhaas’ master plan. It has two large theaters, offices and a number of smaller performance, rehearsal, administrative, and support spaces. "Even the small spaces need to have their own comfort. The big theater is of course important, but the piano studio is just as important to the person who comes for a piano lesson." These spaces connect through each other, without corridors or hallways. This said Kazuyo Sejima, "allows people to choose their own experience and enjoy the other functions of the building." All external facades are made of glass. Throughout the building one finds light effects and views over the water. Thin walls, roofs and floors complete the design. Schouwburg Almere and Kunstencentrum de Kunstlinie share the same complex and must be able to function simultaneously and independently.