Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Centre

Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Centre

Architect
Tony Fretton Architects
Location
Brielstraat, Deinze, Belgium
Category
Concert Halls
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Tony Fretton Architects

STRABAG Belgium nv

Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Centre

Tony Fretton Architects as Architects

Tony Fretton Architects has achieved planning permission for a new 7,500 sq m town hall and administrative centre in Deinze, Belgium, which will begin construction in early 2013. Commissioned by the City of Deinze following an international competition held in 2009 the building accommodates Deinze’s municipal departments, offices for the mayor and aldermen together with a new council chamber.


The new building is set near the centre of Deinze in a pivotal location alongside the river Leie, opposite a church and on the edge of Kaendelpark, the main public park in the town. The design sets the administrative accommodation in a 5-storey reconfigurable loft building and the council chamber as a projecting double height room, with the public entrance foyer below. All facades consist of loggias formed with stone pilasters that shade the interior in summer and allow sun to enter in winter and provide informal outdoor places for workers and politicians.


Natural ventilation and night cooling is achieved by opening windows supplemented by limited amounts of mechanical cooling powered by ground source heat. Storey heights are tall and daylight illumination levels are sufficient for working throughout most of the day.


The municipal offices and council chamber enclose a new public space at the edge of the river, which will be integrated to the river-edge landscaping scheme of architects Marie-José Van Hee in collaboration with Robbrecht & Daem. From here and the new square around the church, the interior of the council chamber, with its activity and decorated ceiling, will be visible.

Leiespiegel Deinze

STRABAG Belgium nv as Contractors

STRABAG Belgium nv is responsible for plot number 1: the closed structure and the finishing of this new development project. 3,800 m3 of concrete, 6,000 m2 of formwork, ground displacement screwpiles and 500,000 kg of steel are required to realise this project. The project is highly sustainable and energy-efficient by design and makes use of the latest HVAC technology. The City of Deinze is investing in a borehole thermal energy storage system to keep the building warm in winter and cool in the summer. The warmth and coolness are extracted from the ground by means of a natural process. The installation of 100-metre-deep hydraulic pipes provides additional support to this innovative solution. The façades are structured like loggias (open spaces supported by columns) that can be transformed in the summer to provide a pleasant and shady outside space.

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