A new urban centre
: 09 / 2016
: 06 / 2017
: Kraaijvanger Architects
: Vincent van der Meulen, Tatjana Djordjevic, Edward Timmermans
: 8.000 m2
: Heerlen (NL)
The municipality of Heerlen selected Kraaijvaner Architects and two other firms to design a new city hall and office for the its employees. In this assignment key was to propose a new take of how the city hall could strengthen the cultural identity and attract new businesses in the center.
Because of the position of the building, the design is in line with urban planning routing and orientation. The new building embraces the square and guides visitors to the centrally located entrance. Clear sight lines send people to the public hall familiar with a large void. All work processes surround this core for an open and transparent relationship.
The shape of the building follows the trapezoidal plot and shifts on each floor referring to the local mine history. The opposite heavy limestone monument by architect Peutz symbolizes the coal industry. In contrast to this, the new building had a clear appearance made from glass and anodized white aluminium which emits a new era for the municipality.