Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Center / Tony Fretton Architects

Courtesy of Tony Fretton Architects

The design for a new 7,500 sqm Town Hall & Administrative Center, designed by Tony Fretton Architects, 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. 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 project is set to begin construction in early 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

site plan

The new building is set near the center 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. 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.

ground floor plan

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.

south elevation

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.

Architects: Tony Fretton Architects
Location: Brielstraat, Deinze,
Design Team: Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen, Tom Appels, Piram Banpabutr, Yuichi Hashimura, Nina Lundvall Io Schønherr, Martin Nässén, Chris Neve, Chris Snow, Guy Derwent
Project Associate: David Owen
Project Architect: Tom Appels
Executive Architects: Bureau Bouwtechniek Antwerp
Structural & Services Engineers (UK): Arup
Structural & Services Engineers (Belgium): VK Engineering
Client: City of Deinze
Construction Value: €13.5m
Site Area: 4,000 sqm
Internal Area: 7,500 sqm

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Center / Tony Fretton Architects" 06 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>