Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

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The Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (English: "Music Building on the IJ") is a concert hall for contemporary classical music on the IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The building opened in 2005 and is located above the IJtunnel, a ten-minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal station. The building was designed by Danish architects 3XN. The Bimhuis is part of and partly integrated in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

The venue primarily focuses on contemporary classical music, while the Bimhuis is mainly focused on contemporary jazz music. Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ has one big concert space, but also a smaller one that is also used for conferences, talk, exhibitions. Inside the Bamzaal there is also the microtonal 31-TET Fokker organ, designed by Adriaan Fokker. Regularly concerts take place on this organ. Also concerts take place at various other locations in the building. Often expositions of installations and sound art are programmed as well. Muziekgebouw also has an active education programm for children and teenagers with the Klankspeeltuin ('Sound playground'). Over 400 workshops per year are held there. The Klankspeeltuin consists of a space filled with unique custom build experimental musical instruments.

Yearly the World Minimal Music Festival takes place in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. There is a monthly cross-over event called The Rest is Noise that involves experimental pop music in the agenda of the venue.

The first director was Jan Wolff (2005–2008); Tino Haenen has been artistic director since June 2008. Haenen was previously director of the Belgian contemporary music festival Ars Musica. Since Februari 2012 Haenen is followed up by Maarten van Boven.

It houses the Holland Festival, Stichting Huygens-Fokker, Slagwerk Den Haag as well as many other Dutch music organisations.

Architecture prizes[edit]

The building has received several prizes:[citation needed]

  • Dedalo Minosse Special Prize (2006)
  • Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence, category Europe (2006)
  • Nederlandse Bouwprijs, categorie Gebouwen (2007)

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Coordinates: 52°22′41.30″N 4°54′46.80″E / 52.3781389°N 4.9130000°E / 52.3781389; 4.9130000