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A pearl of the Amsterdam School architectural style, right at the heart of Tuindorp Oostzaan.

‘t Zonnehuis

Discover ’t Zonnehuis, a beautiful heritage venue in the architectural style of the Amsterdam School. It’s tucked away on Zonneplein, a quiet square in the Tuindorp Oostzaan neighbourhood of Amsterdam Noord. This former community centre dates from 1932, and the authentic art deco interior still exudes the atmosphere of the era.

Venue hire

Nostalgia meets innovation

’t Zonnehuis is used for performances, musicals and concerts, with special attention for creativity, innovation and talent development. The venue is also well suited to conferences, lectures, film shoots, television programmes, workshops and presentations. The nostalgic interior adds an extra dimension to weddings and dinners. The smaller Blauwe Zaal is frequently used for and by local residents, with children’s performances, dance afternoons for the elderly, and rehearsals for theatre groups and choirs. The two spaces can be hired separately.

Facilities

Polished and professional

The main auditorium takes you back to the 1930s thanks to the well-preserved art deco interior. As befits a good theatre, ’t Zonnehuis is fully equipped with facilities such as theatre lighting, a sound system and a stage.

Contact the Stadsherstel team for inspiration and information about the many possibilities of this impressive venue.

A pearl of the Amsterdam School architectural style, right at the heart of Tuindorp Oostzaan.

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Floor area
242 m2
Reception capacity
450 people *
Concert capacity
350 people *
Dinner capacity
175 people *
* In verband met de huidige coronamaatregelen gelden er andere aantallen en bepalen we per evenement een maximale capaciteit. Neem contact met ons op om dit te bespreken.
See our cultural programme to plan a visit to this heritage venue.
From intimate concerts and lively receptions in the main hall, to small-scale lectures and family performances in the Blauwe Zaal… ’t Zonnehuis is a highly versatile venue for the neighbourhood and the rest of Amsterdam.
1932

The building

Amsterdam School and art deco

Like all the surrounding brick buildings, ’t Zonnehuis (‘The Sun House’) is in the architectural style of the Amsterdam School, with characteristic brickwork and sunny yellow accents. The construction of the community centre in 1932 provided jobs and incomes for many unemployed people, particularly former dockworkers. It quickly became the centre of local community life, as a venue for sports, amateur theatre and choirs, and the practice room for various local brass bands. This makes ’t Zonnehuis a monument to 20th-century efforts to elevate the cultural lives of working people, and to the working-class history of Amsterdam Noord.

Even the rear of the building is extraordinary, with four beautiful statues in celebration of family. Read more on our history page below.

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De Blauwe Zaal

’t Zonnehuis is a versatile location. Many people only associate it with the impressive main auditorium, but the building also has a smaller, more intimate space: the Blauwe Zaal (Blue Room). This is often used by locals, entirely in keeping with the original spirit of the building. The Blauwe Zaal hosts everything from children’s performances to choir rehearsals and dance afternoons for the elderly. The space can also be hired for small-scale company activities, such as brainstorming sessions and lectures. And, of course, it is perfect to book as a breakout room in combination with the main auditorium. If you are interested in this room, please don’t hesitate to contact the Stadsherstel team!

Blauwe Zaal – plan with dimensions and names
Blauwe Zaal – plan for event design

’t Zonnehuis is close to the NDSM site, easily accessible by ferry from Amsterdam Central Station (seven minutes by bike), public transport, and car (free parking).
2002

Restoring the city

Choose heritage

By choosing one of Stadsherstel’s venues, you contribute to the restoration of the city and the conservation of cultural heritage. In 1993, ’t Zonnehuis was rescued from demolition just in the nick of time. In 2002 it was acquired by Stadsherstel. The beautiful interiors were still largely authentic, but structurally the building was dilapidated. This national heritage building has now been restored to its former glory. Its current purpose still offers space to local societies, as well as singer-songwriters, young theatre makers and people or organisations looking for an atmospheric location for their event.

If you are attending a concert or performance at ’t Zonnehuis, you can have dinner beforehand at the excellent restaurant  Lokaal Spaanders on Zonneplein.
Quotes
At the Zonnehuis you feel like you’ve left the world behind but at the same time you’re at the centre of things.
Berdien Siere, caterer
Sometimes ’t Zonnehuis is a magical place. Today was one of those days. Everything came together. The staff, the organiser, the snacks, the atmosphere, everything was just right.
Location manager Frans Schraven on the Boxing Gala
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