New Public Library Zoersel / OMGEVING Architecture

New Public Library Zoersel / OMGEVING Architecture

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Zoersel, Belgium
  • Architects: OMGEVING Architecture
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014
  • Photographs photographs: Yannick Milpas
  • Interior & Furniture Design: OMGEVING Architecture
  • Landscape Project Team: Luc Wallays, Peter Seynaeve, Koen Moelants, Steven Petit
  • Civil Engineers: Arcadis
  • Contractor: Van Roey nv
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Text description provided by the architects. Project background:

The rehabilitation of the site 'Pleintje' in Zoersel, where the new library was built, made part of a broader public competition with the aim of revitalizing the entire central area of the town. Standing as a symbol of the town's ambitions for the entire development, the first step was to construct the public library, located at the town's square.

© Yannick Milpas
© Yannick Milpas

Design concept:

The design was an exercise on the perception of scale; the outcome of the library's design follows from an attempt to balance the large scale function of a public institution and the small scale context of the town itself. Standing among typical Belgian terraced houses, the architects strove not to disturb the existing urban pattern when creating the library. With this ambition, the volume of the building appears to be subdivided into smaller scale sections that better reflect the local building typology, as opposed to a singular block.

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© Yannick Milpas

Concept realization:

The building is made to appear as if it is a sequence of individual sections, each with its own roof profile and its own identity. Also marking the subdivisions are the large windows that are present at the front and rear of each individual element. Inside the library, the subdivisions disappear and the library takes on its larger functional scale.   Together, these elements are a reflection of the scaling concept.


Building materials:

A custom selection of standard, raw and glazed black brick was chosen for the library's facade complimented by a dark anthra-zinc roof. The interior is painted in a sober white, accented by the revealed wooden ceiling structure. Custom-designed furniture is placed throughout the library, at designated areas including the reception, the children's reading room, the group and individual reading areas.

© Yannick Milpas
© Yannick Milpas


High standard building insulation, high thermal windows and solar panels enable the building to reach a K-value of 31. Displacement ventilation is used during the day, while natural ventilation occurs at night. Rainwater is stored and reused for flushing toilets. The solar panels on the roof generate approximately 8.7 KWh of energy annually.

© Yannick Milpas
© Yannick Milpas

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Project location

Address: Dorp 50, 2980 Zoersel, Belgium

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "New Public Library Zoersel / OMGEVING Architecture" 30 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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