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City Hall // Gino Debruyne & architecten

Torhout, Belgium

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The Stadskantoor building is embodied as a pavilion in between the city park and the public space.
Its presence in public space is fundamental because the other public functions — the residential care center St-Augustinus, the OCMW administration, and the firehouse — are correlated on the Aartrijkestraat.
The design visually lifts itself up from the ground, creating a vast covered outdoor space where all sorts of common activities can take place.

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© Koen Van Damme Architectural Photography

The glazed convex shape forms a diffuse transition between park and building.
The public outdoor space becomes a public indoor place.
The functionalities of the imposed program are situated in a compact concentric plan: a strictly geometric and square shape in which the atrium forms the heart of the building.

© Koen Van Damme Architectural Photography

© Koen Van Damme Architectural Photography

This atrium is an open-plan area that spatially connects all floors and allows light to reach down to the ground floor..

© Koen Van Damme Architectural Photography

© Koen Van Damme Architectural Photography

City Hall Gallery

© BAABAR

Hashtag 28 // BAABAR

Kandy, Sri Lanka

© Tridente Architects

Sacred Heart College Performing Arts // Tridente Architects

Somerton Park, Australia

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