The Sovereign pop venue is an icon for musical expression, situated at a prominent location in Hilversum. It lies within walking distance from the railway station, at a major crossroads in the inner-city road network, and is clearly visible from the train. As a consequence, the front on the Koninginneweg is the most important façade: it is The Sovereign’s visiting card.The construction programme of The Sovereign shows that the new building is typified by two main functions: the main auditorium and the music café. In line with its function, the main auditorium has a closed character, whereas the music café has a more open ambience. In addition, the building contains auxiliary functions such as rehersal studios, dressing rooms and working spaces, a foyer and passageways. The starting point of the design of the building was to structure the passageways and the auxiliary functions as a buffer around the main auditorium and the music café, thus efficiently realizing sound proofing for the environment. This layout simultaneously generates The Sovereign’s image: the spatial and architectonic representation of the new pop venue is fashioned in the principle of a box within a box. As a result of this approach, the configuration of the pop venue is split into three zones: an entrance and foyer with their presentation on the Koninginneweg side, the main auditorium and the small auditorium/music café as the key functions, visible behind the glass wall of the foyer, and a service strip at the side – above the loading and unloading area – with auxiliary functions such as storage and dressing rooms.