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Spuiforum: copy of 181 million?

While the city has to make huge cuts in music schools, libraries, a few drama clubs and other nice things for the people, like public transport and healthcare, The Hague does build a new art building. Rather, the municipality is putting 181 million into demolishing and renovating the theatres on the Spui, because the architect who built the complex 20 years ago apparently did not do his job properly.

And now if only it was also brand new and original. But no. On facebook, Hagenaar and art lover Dimitri van der Werf pointed out a rather striking similarity between the new complex to be built and two almost identical art buildings elsewhere in the world.

We have attached the pictures. Compare for yourself: the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (US), the new Opera House in Lyon (France) and the new-to-be-built Spuige event in The Hague. Apparently tube roof structures are on sale at the Hornbach, or was it just a moment of weakness from the architect?

Wijbrand Schaap

Cultural journalist since 1996. Worked as theatre critic, columnist and reporter for Algemeen Dagblad, Utrechts Nieuwsblad, Rotterdams Dagblad, Parool and regional newspapers through Associated Press Services. Interviews for TheaterMaker, Theatererkrant Magazine, Ons Erfdeel, Boekman. Podcast maker, likes to experiment with new media. Culture Press is called the brainchild I gave birth to in 2009. Life partner of Suzanne Brink roommate of Edje, Fonzie and Rufus. Search and find me on Mastodon.View Author posts

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