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Client
Municipality of Bloemendaal
Type
Cityhall
Location
Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
Collaborator
Rudy Uytenhaak Architecten, Peter de Ruyter landschapsarchitectuur
Size
4.500 sqm
Contractor
J.P. van Eesteren, Amsterdam
Installations
Deerns raadgevende ingenieurs, Amsterdam
Photographer
Dirk Verwoerd

Located at the edge of sand dunes and mire, the landscape architect J.D. Zocher built a country house here in 1820, a white plastered villa in neoclassical style. In 1950 the estate was bought by the Bloemendaal municipality, with the intention of extending the property. This intended extension was never realised however, and in 1966 a new building was finally constructed, incorporating a faithful copy of the facade of the original villa.

In 2011 history appears to repeat itself: NEXT and Uytenhaak are given the task of revitalising the existing 1966 town hall, to incorporate sustainability in the design, and to make it suitable for modern working practices. The design process started with the intention of only a limited extension to the building. It envisaged a penthouse above the old building, which was to be entirely gutted internally. This led eventually to the decision to retain the front of the building and the facade, and to construct a new, compact building that is slightly separated from it. The architects managed to realise this new program within the contours of the old building, and to retain its characteristic identity.

With this design the history of the country estate can clearly be seen. The original building and the new building are united in a layered fashion; the design represents a dialogue between old and new, between history and the present.