Muziekgebouw aan het IJ

Various audience configurations and adjustable acoustics

The large auditorium in the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ is unique for its unusual acoustics and its flexibility. The variety of concerts and musical theatre performances held here demand a variety of audience configurations. Thanks to 8 moveable floor elements, the auditorium can be configured in various ways. The side panels next to the stage can be moved and the rear panel can be winched up. That allows the venue to optimise the experience of different types of music, from intimate chamber music to large symphony orchestras. The Muziekgebouw has an acoustic ceiling that can move up and down. This allows for variable acoustic effects, delivering reverberations of 1.5 to 3.5 seconds.


  • Client Port of Amsterdam
  • Architect 3xNielsen, ABT Bouwkunde
  • Project

    New-build multifunctional concert auditorium with seating capacity of 725, standing capacity of 1,500, and a small auditorium seating 250

  • Date of completion 2005

Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam

Scope of work Theateradvies®

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

Automated stage rigging systems, moveable ceiling, floor, rear panel and side panels. Design of lighting bridges, AV installation, stage lighting installation and stage furnishings.

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

On-site supervision, planning and budget control.

Adjustable acoustics, moveable floor.