Employed by Workshop of Wonders
IJsselstein town hall is a UN Studio building by Ben van Berkel from the year 2000. The building is made of concrete and green tinted profile glass and has a rigid appearance.
The town hall function has undergone a huge transformation in the last 20 years. Many civil matters are online arranged nowadays and no longer require a physical visit. In addition the office areas of the building had such excess surface that external parties such as the Police and Provides (the social housing association), have been approached for sharing.
The entrance area of this building has been transformed into a common meeting area with various meeting rooms. The new counters are made of warm ash wood tapis. In addition, a soothing colorful layer has been added as a counterpart to the existing architecture that gives the whole an inviting and enjoyable character. At various places there is the possibility to take a seat and wait.
For this project I was the project architect. Together with the client I have drawn up the program of requirements and I have had discussions with users to refine this program. In addition, I played an important role in creating the design, developing the whole and conducting project management.
Client: Gemeente IJsselstein
Size: about 700m2
Photography: J. Rodycz