I came across this project after speaking to Deltalight, who provided the lighting solutions throughout the new Town Hall at Harelbeke in Belgium. Architects Dehullu & Partners designed the project which was completed in September 2011. I have rarely seen a public building with as clean and contemporary a design as this and it makes a refreshing change from the austere, traditional interiors seen in many town halls.
Images are by Tim Van de Velde.
In order to anticipate the growing needs of city services a masterplan was developed, incorporating the new entrance building in between two existing halves of the 19th century Town Hall. None of the floors of the neighboring buildings were corresponding, providing a real challenge in making all floors accessible for wheelchair users.
Due to its central location in the city, the new entrance building was designed to be a contemporary landmark on Harelbeke’s main road. White, dirt-repelling panels clad the facade and skew upwards to partially screen a balcony on the second floor.
The new Town Hall provides an entrance reception for the hall, as well as new meeting rooms and a tourist information centre.
Deltalight lighting features throughout: a composition of the rectangular Jeti Plano light illuminates the desk in the reception area, complemented by Nice2C luminaires on the counters and Jeti Lusters in the atrium. Throughout the rest of the building Uniline profiles and Downforce downlighters were used for general lighting, while a layout of Look In fixtures provide a fun touch on the wall.