When it opened in 2005, this riverside concert hall promised futuristic solutions to classical music performance, and it has lived up to the hype. Home to Amsterdam's top contemporary classical ensembles, it also hosts touring orchestras who specialise in the sounds of today, and international festivals dedicated to the likes of Reich and Stockhausen. The main hall is ultimately flexible: every detail can be altered for specific seating, acoustic and lighting requirements. The venue also welcomes non-classical guests, so long as they bring a twist to proceedings. In 2010, Faith No More's Mike Patton gave a blood vessel-bursting performance alongside Dutch jazz greats and a chamber choir, while this year the twins from The National recreated the Long Count, their multimedia-meets-classical-meets-rock opera.