Het muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ carries “concert hall of the 21st century” in its subtitle. And that’s definitely true for the building itself: as a fine example of Dutch contemporary architecture it sets a mark as an impressive set of concrete, glass and steel. The large hall spans all 4 floors to the roof, and a giant glass facade makes you forget that you are actually inside a building.
All in all it’s a prestigious project to cover all aspects of contemporary music. It houses three concert halls altogether, each with its own specific genre, or let’s say: history. The Bimhuis used to be an old and well known jazz club, close to the Waterlooplein. To play in ‘het Muziekgebouw’ means recognition on a higher level, and it’s a more representative setting for the stars in that genre. The same is true for young classic interpretations, mostly taking place in the “grote zaal” and experimental, let’s say “pop” music – to put it in line with the other genres – in the “kleine zaal”.
Before or after the concert I usually take a breath to enjoy the spacial experience of the well-designed building and the great view out on the harbor. Restaurant Zouthaven on the ground floor offers a menu with fish and seafood – and even more: time to sit and enjoy the view. The terrace is worth visiting: the 30 m high roof protects you from rain, without you noticing it’s there at all.