Cradle-to-cradle town hall Venlo

As of October 2016, the Venlo municipality uses their very sustainable town hall with an open character. LAUDY Bouw & Ontwikkeling built the town hall, resulting in a prominent building with a gross floor space of 13,500m² which generates energy, has a closed hydrological cycle and even purifies air.

As of October 2016, the Venlo municipality uses their very sustainable town hall with an open character. LAUDY Bouw & Ontwikkeling built the town hall, resulting in  a prominent building with a gross floor space of 13,500m² which generates energy, has a closed hydrological cycle and even purifies air.

Cradle-to-cradle

Venlo has the world’s first town hall that was developed according to the principles of cradle-to-cradle. During the process, people, planet and profit were taken into account as much as possible., The residual value of materials has been looked at  from an economic point of view,  in case the building needs to be demolished in the future. For users, the building is designed in a way that it stimulates interaction.

What makes the town hall extra special, is that it generates its own energy using a heat and cold storage system, photovoltaic modules and solar boilers. Rainwater is purified and a greenhouse on the roof enables natural ventilation. The most striking element of the building is the green northern facade, which purifies the air of the adjacent road and railway. More than 100 different plants in the facade contribute to the biodiversity and a cleaner environment.

Complex construction pit

Due to the underlying car park, a three layered construction pit had to be realised right next to the river the Maas. Because of an extremely high groundwater level / -pressure, the construction pit had to be built with diaphragm walls. After that, the hull was raised and an aluminium curtain wall and wooden walls were applied to the exterior . A complex process which was executed professionally.

Location

Venlo

Project Information

Client: Venlo municipality

Project phase: Completed