We love repurposed buildings here at Architizer, and this refurbished Coca-Cola factory in Bruges, Belgium, is no exception! The Spanish firm Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos has taken the vacant factory and turned it into a spiffy city hall—a centralized administration center for the countryside's various, scattered municipalities. Using recycled materials, along with revamped utility and energy systems, the building is a colorful, eco-conscious, and badly needed addition to the area.
Using inexpensive material, the facility located in Oostkamp is composed of a smorgasbord of materials: thin gypsum and fibre shells that make the luminous bubble ceiling; a felt finish made from recycled bottles for natural warmth and dampened acoustics; and a "thermal onion" heating system that uses the thermal inertia of existing concrete slabs.
Open spaces in the civic center are lit through a controlled weather system with the use of LEDs to provide an environment that mimics and enhances surrounding outdoors. For example, rain is a captured in a transparent surface equipped with colored lights that display an engaging water show from the overhead storm. Solar cells, wind turbines and a rain collecting system provides the facility with natural energy sources. Sky lights peeking through the bubble ceiling provide passive lighting.
Take a look at the concept video: