City hall and civic center recycled from former factory

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    Project update January 2015 – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    Sustainable exuberance where simple technology creates spectacular results. The GRG shells, simple and easy, turn an enormous ugly factory into a wonderful experience, with a tiny energy budget. Photo © Miguel de Guzmán imagensubliminal.com

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    Project update January 2015 – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    The civic center deals with very different kinds of program within the same space. People may be getting married in one end, while roadwork materials are being stored elsewhere. Photo © Miguel de Guzmán imagensubliminal.com

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    Project update January 2015 – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    The thermal onion is a major device to minimize energy consumption during operation. The thermal inertia of the industrial concrete slab means no cooling is required. Photo © Miguel de Guzmán imagensubliminal.com

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    Project update January 2015 – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    The flexibility of the design allows for future development with minimal resources. Photo © Miguel de Guzmán imagensubliminal.com

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    Project update January 2015 – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    The project selected basic materials and plain raw materials. Photo © Miguel de Guzmán imagensubliminal.com

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    Project update January 2015 – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    Transparent administration: citizens can see what is going on in their town hall. Photo © Miguel de Guzmán imagensubliminal.com

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    Holcim Awards 2011 Europe ceremony – Milan, Italy

    Holcim Awards 2011 Europe ceremony – Milan, Italy

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    Holcim Awards Silver 2011 for Europe – City hall and civic center recycled from former …

    Holcim Awards Silver 2011 for Europe – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

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    Holcim Awards 2011 Europe ceremony – Milan, Italy

    Holcim Awards 2011 Europe ceremony – Milan, Italy

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    Project entry 2011 Europe – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    An uncompromising in-situ recycling, not just to recycle materials like the steel, but to reuse the space itself, and all the functioning – often invisible – systems.

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    Project entry 2011 Europe – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    Total change inside, creating a luminous landscape of clouds; a sheltered public space within a controlled weather environment, where simple modular clusters may be arranged.

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    Project entry 2011 Europe – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    Main elements.

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    Project entry 2011 Europe – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    Cluster construction January 2011.

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    Project entry 2011 Europe – City hall and civic center recycled from former factory, Oostkamp, Belgium

    Interior and exterior.

  • Awards Silver 2011–2012 Europe

The aim of this project, initiated by the city of Oostkamp, is to regenerate a former Coca-Cola factory. The 4ha site has to be transformed into a new City Hall and Civic Center for the municipality with a population of 22,000. The key idea of the project is not only to recycle the main construction and materials but also to reuse the space itself and its technical infrastructure. 

By Carlos Arroyo - Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos, Madrid, Spain and

Ideas: Circular Design

The aim of this project, initiated by the city of Oostkamp, 7km south of Brugge, is to regenerate a former Coca-Cola factory. The 4ha site has to be transformed into a new City Hall and Civic Center for the municipality with a population of 22,000 and opened in June 2012. The key idea of the project was not only to recycle the main construction and materials but also to reuse the space itself and its technical infrastructure. 

City hall and civic center recycled from former factory

Project authors

  • Carlos Arroyo

    Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

    Spain

  • Holcim Awards 2011 Europe ceremony – Milan, Italy
    Vanessa Cerezo

    Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

    Spain

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