civic architects unveils plans for spacious mixed-use 'LocHal' in the netherlands

civic architects unveils plans for spacious mixed-use 'LocHal' in the netherlands

focusing on the production of public buildings and spaces, civic architects unveils its plans for the latest public library and city forum in tilburg, netherlandsthe spatial design of the glass-clad mixed-use ‘LocHal’ emphasizes the concept of a landmark communal structure. the stairs and terraces in this ‘open’ library offers areas to read and work, and can also be used as an exposition or performance spaces.

the elevated public foyer overlooks the city of tilburg

civic architects’ public hall is flanked by two rows of impressive columns that guide visitors through the building. the upper floor of the library features individual workspaces that are situated new to a 60-meter-wide winter garden that offers a view of the picturesque city. six mobile and full height textiles offer the possibility to isolate workspaces or to temporarily transform the landscape of stairs into a theatre or lecture space.

the building is open to the public 14 hours a day and seven days a week

four materials are predominantly found in the ‘LocHal’: concrete, steel, wood and glass. a new floor is cast onto the existing concrete ground, and the current lubrication pits are covered with a crosscut wooden floor. the glass façade and roof have been designed as a contemporary interpretation of the existing hall, providing the structure with the necessary softness and warmth due to the light entering from all areas. 

the landscape of the stairs can be heated or cooled, creating a comfortable interior climate

the suspending textiles offer the possibility to transform or isolate the workspaces

the structure’s main intent is to create a co-creating and communal space

each workspace has a specific theme and atmosphere

the previously existing structure guides the visitor through the building


a context plan for the new public interior

a draft of the ‘LocHal’

a sectional view

elevation plans

the diversity of the programs available creates constant innovation



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