De Kom

Water, glass and light – an imaginative landmark – in a new city

A theatre is the beating heart of any town. In Nieuwegein, that is literally the case. De Kom is a theatre and arts centre located at the main square in the new centre of Nieuwegein. It is a multi-storey building comprising a car park, a theatre with two auditoriums and an arts centre around the fly loft of the main auditorium.

The large multifunctional auditorium has a false proscenium with a width ranging from 10 to 14 metres, and an orchestra pit. It also has a movable ceiling, which enables the volume in the auditorium to be adjusted, meaning that the acoustics can be adapted according to how the auditorium is being used. Foyers at different levels link the two auditoriums.

The small auditorium has bleacher seating, which maximises the flexibility of use of the auditorium floor. Thanks to its system of bridges, crane rails and ten drum fly bars; this auditorium is well equipped for a very wide range of performances. Storing the acoustic curtains behind the rear wall of the auditorium can alter the acoustics in the small auditorium.


  • Client Municipality of Nieuwegein
  • Architect De Architecten Cie, Frits van Dongen and Patrick Koschuch
  • Project

    New-build theatre with two theatre auditoriums (seating 665 and 222 respectively)

  • Date of completion 2012

De Kom - City Theatre and Arts Centre

Scope of work Theateradvies®

Logistics, auditorium design, theatre seating, audience facilities, M&E installations

Stage and wing space, stage rigging and lifting systems including sound reflectors, grid and engine room, bridges in small auditorium, stage lighting installation, stage furnishings and AV installation

Detailed plans and European tendering for technical theatre rigging and lifting systems, AV installations, stage lighting installations and furnishing

Supervision of the construction of all theatre equipment, planning and budget control