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City Hall Harelbeke / Dehullu Architects

  • 01:00 - 30 March, 2012
City Hall Harelbeke / Dehullu Architects
City Hall Harelbeke / Dehullu Architects, © Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

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  • Location

    Marktstraat 29, 8530 Harelbeke, Belgium
  • Architect

    Dehullu Architects
  • Structural Engineer

    Dehullu Architects & Lieven Vangeluwe
  • Engineer Hvac & Electricity

    Studiebureau Clauwaert
  • Surface

    +- 1,000 sqm
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

   

© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

The works that have been conducted are part of a masterplan that was developped in 2007. Due to the growing needs of the city services, the Town Hall was looking for an extension of their site. In order to anticipate these growing needs a masterplan was developped. In this plan the historic site of a 19th century flax-factory was incorporated in the new site of the Town Hall.

© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

Redevelopping the new site, a new entrance building was designed, centrally located between two existing historically valuable buildings. The new entrance building links it’s adjacent buildings. None of the floors of these neighbouring buildings were corresponding. The challenge was to make all of the floors accessible for wheelchair users. Therefore the location of elevators and staircases was very carefully thought of.

© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

Since it’s central location in the city, the new entrance building was designed to be a contemporary ‘landmark’ on the main road of Harelbeke. Therefore the cladding of the facade and the roof was executed in a dirt repelling white material. The material is a mineral substance of the brand Corian. It is the first time in Belgium that this material is used as exterior cladding.

© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

Furthermore, part of the historical flax-factory was renovated. The walls and roof of this part were carefully preserved and restored according to the recommendations of the institute of cultural heritage. On the inside of this historical part, the pattern of the tiled floors refer to a weaving technique, to make the link with the history of this building.

Sustainability was an important aspect in the building process. No cooling was installed in this office building. Due to the high degree of isolation, the use of windowblinds and the white colour of the cladding, overheating of the building can be avoided for the Belgian mild summer climate.

In a next phase the central spot in the site will be transformed into an atrium, in order to centralise all of the city services so the current and future needs of the civilians can easily be satisfied.

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nick stephan · November 08, 2015

Very intelligent and original way of doing Architecture in context. Congratulations!!!

Eklego Design · July 02, 2012

Very smart contemporary new extension for two historically valuable buildings, City Hall Harelbeke/ Dehullu Architects http://t.co/ZC7phNDJ

Mark · April 03, 2012

The first photo is really great - love the context the building lives in.

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pedro luis alba · April 02, 2012

Precioso edificio, el detalle de la cornisa del edificio contiguo es fantástico. #arquitectura http://t.co/ARABzpnk

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Tom Peeters · March 31, 2012

I wish they would have built something that would have fitted in more with the neighboring buildings.
I never understand why architects do something like this: is it all about the show, glammer and glitter? Is that what we architects have become? Are we all trying to get our 15minutes of fame? Why are we all so horrible afraid of making something that blends in?
I don't get it,...I just don't get it

am · April 01, 2012 06:10 AM

Tom, the concept is more than an appropriate infill amongst it's older peers. It is now 2012. Not 1812.
Perhaps you should spend 5 years studying architecture to further understand, or if you like the past so much go live here http://www.archdaily.com/75106...

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