House of the municipality of Dronten
Dronten is a municipality of and for true pioneers. Over sixty years ago, they completely drained and uncovered the region of Eastern Flevoland. Now, they are the drivers of circularity and sustainability. The history and identity of Dronten is clearly visible in its comprehensively renovated House of the municipality of Dronten. This municipal monument (1982) has been transformed from a dark and closed office environment into a light and open public building. Such a transformation was carried out together with councilors, officials and residents. Their input as part of this participation process can be seen and experienced in the final result.
The renovated city hall is a prime example of sustainability and circularity. Our guiding aspiration was to close the cycles of energy and materials. The building’s interior is built upon circular principles and has an energy cost of zero. What do these circular principles entail? Here are some examples of the measures we took: ‘Smart’ demolition of the existing installation scheme to encourage reuse and to reduce the amount of waste. Ceiling slats were given a second life through their use as a finishing material for the public countertops. Bio-based materials were used throughout the renovation, such as a bio-laminate made from ground up mussel shells and acoustic panels made from recycled PET bottles. The customized interior elements were designed to avoid the use of glued connections; ensuring that they can be demounted and reused. The QR codes printed onto each element also provide visitors with an insight into the origins of the material.
The interior reflects the status of Dronten’s residents as polder pioneers. Sixty years ago, some of the city’s residents literally stood with their feet in the clay; from what used to be the Zuider Sea, they secured a piece of land. The concept of being 'built from layers' has been translated into the design, with references made to the local soil profile (wet/dry clay), overlayed with contour lines drawn from both above and below and the Normaal Amsterdamse Peil. And what else? A light atrium with public service desks forms the dynamic heart of the town hall. The living wall of greenery with 2,400 plants immediately catches the eye. Meeting facilities are located on the ground floor, along with a restaurant and the council chamber. The ovular arrangement of the council chamber is well-suited to hosting both council meetings and smaller ceremonies. The upper floors facilitate the building’s more activity-oriented work.
- Municipality of Dronten
- Gross floor area
- 8.255 m²
- Aron Bogers, Frank Zewald, Rodi van der Horst, Pieter Keijzer, Alyssa Heurkens, Natalia Mylonaki, Joost van den Berg, Joanne van Vreeswijk, Pieter Thieme