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Zaantheater selects Tjep. design


A modern building, Zaantheater was opened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix in 1998. Zaantheater itself stands in a prominent place on the River Zaan, in the heart of Zaandam.

Wishing to develop the Artists' Foyer, where players come to unwind during and after performances, Zaantheater chose Tjep. as the winner of an invited pitch.

Frank Tjepkema, founder of Tjep., describes the vision behind the selected concept. "Zaantheater is a modern space that we felt could benefit from stronger connections to the grand heritage of theatre from across all of the great periods. To this end, we've developed an approach that presents both traditional and modern features."

Entering the foyer, artists will be greeted with an impressive mobile, a complex chandelier of more than 1200 Swarovski crystals forming the great Ancient Greek masks of Tragedy and Comedy, the iconic symbol of theatre. Lights will shine on this installation creating a shimmering portal. Inside, the walls are being covered in faifthful replications of real 18th century oil-painted backdrops used on theatre stages. With red drapes and Chesterfields flanking the diameter of the room.

"We wanted a space that celebrates theatre and creates a relaxing environment in which actors and performers can also be inspired." Says Frank Tjepkema. 

The design will be realised in the summer of 2014.



Tjep. is looking for design students interested in internships in the field of interior design, product design and especially computational design (Rhino + Grasshopper).