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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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!
Restoring the city
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.
At the Zonnehuis you feel like you’ve left the world behind but at the same time you’re at the centre of things.
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.