Click here to preview the new Fast Company

Want to try out the new

If you’d like to return to the previous design, click the yellow button on the lower left corner.


What Concert Halls Will Look Like... IN THE FUTURE!

The newly opened Eindhoven Concert Hall could be a design expo all on its own.

The ninth annual Dutch Design Week recently wrapped up in the Netherlands, and the celebration venue itself — the brand new Eindhoven Concert Hall — was the crown jewel. The futuristic interior departs from the monochromatic look of other haute-design concert halls: It looks like something Busby Berkeley would have dreamed up after a one night stand with that blue alien opera diva from The Fifth Element.

Niels Van Eijk & Miriam Van der Lubbe, in collaboration with Philips Design, designed every last bit of the structure, from its sweeping facade down to the staff's uniforms. In keeping with the high-tech atmosphere. They also furnished the hall with speaker-equipped "listening chairs" designed to insulate the sitter from outside distraction.

Visitors can also enjoy special loveseats that automatically dim the lighting when someone sits in them, creating a more intimate setting.

[Images courtesy of Niels Van Eijk & Miriam Van der Lubbe]

Add New Comment


  • rachna dhall

    One of the most interesting features of this concert hall is actually the signage. Philips Design has actually used their expertise with lighting design to create a very interesting graphic system. Hall nos, details etc are actually projected instead of being permanent fixtures. And a dynamic brand identity that is customised to the concerts actually adds to the whole idea.