Drechterland’s new, sustainable town hall sets the tone in Hoogkarspel’s new village centre
The Municipality of Drechterland’s new, environmentally-friendly town hall, situated in the centre of Hoogkarspel, forms part of the development plan for the new town centre. The essence of this plan was to concentrate the most important village functions around one new, distinguishable village square. Thanks to its striking, durable materialisation and careful harmonisation at ground level, the new town hall blends in seamlessly with the new village centre. At the same time the unique roof style and watchtower make the building a true eye catcher.
The lively, brick façade is opened up by large areas of glass across the entire expanse of the building. The inviting entrance is also predominantly glass. As soon as visitors enter the building the lay-out is immediately clear. The building comprises a simple division into two sections: a public area and a working building. These two sections converge in a light, lively atrium. This is where the council, the civil servants and the public meet each other. It is the key place in the municipality where knowledge can be exchanged and new alliances can be formed. The public area on the ground floor includes, among other things, the Civil Affairs Department, the Council Chamber and a restaurant, with the offices of the Mayor and City Councillors on the floor above. The back office is situated on the other side of the atrium, above the sunken car park. The back office works according to the New Way of Working concept and has a wide variety of workplaces. The separation between areas that are open to the public and the working areas is designed to be self-explanatory, without any tangible restricted access and everyone knows where they should be. Natural materials such as wood and stone have been applied in the timeless, chic interior. This is combined with fresh green accents creating visual harmony within the building. Optimal acoustics, an abundance of natural light and a playful layout make the town hall an attractive, inspiring place to be, where both visitors and staff feel at home.
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