LocHal Library

It has already been coined ‘the next big thing in public libraries’ by experts. While keeping traditional ‘book consumer’ facilities, the new library also provides ample opportunity for the creation of new knowledge. The growing importance of ‘Curatorship’ is facilitated by the architecture. The interaction with experts and other visitors offers a deeper, richer way to acquire knowledge and information. That’s why the building acts as a covered public space, housing amenities shared by the library, arts organisations and co-working facilities. In addition to areas for lectures and public events, the building has a number of ‘labs’ where visitors can learn new skills.


Architects:CIVIC architects, Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau, Inside Outside, Mecanoo
Location:Burgemeester Brokxlaan 1000, 5041 AA Tilburg, The Netherlands
Category:Adaptive Reuse Lead
Architects:CIVIC architects Restoration architect Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau Interior concept Inside Outside Interior design Mecanoo Textiles Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse
Area:7000.0 m2
Project Year:2019
Photographs:Stijn Bollaert, Ossip Architectuurfotografie
Manufacturers:Jansen, Mombarg

建築師:CIVIC建築師,Braaksma&Roos architectenbureau,Inside Outside,Mecanoo
地點:Burgemeester Brokxlaan 1000,5041 AA Tilburg,荷蘭
建築師:CIVIC建築師修復建築師Braaksma&Roos architectenbureau室內概念室內外設計Mecanoo紡織品室內/ Petra Blaisse
照片:Stijn Bollaert,Ossip Architectuurfotografie

The architecture is a reinterpretation of the original building, dating from 1932. The main structure determines the rhythm and language of the new architecture. Perhaps the most conspicuous feature of the building is its sheer size. With a footprint of 90 x 60 metres and a height of 15 metres, it is both imposing and inviting. The entrance hall takes on the form of a covered city square with large reading tables (doubling as podia), an exhibition area and a coffee kiosk. Space folds up into broad steps which can be used by individuals or as event seating for over one thousand spectators.

該建築是對原始建築的重新詮釋,可追溯至1932年。主要結構決定了新建築的節奏和語言。 也許建築最引人注目的特點是其龐大的尺寸。 佔地面積為90 x 60米,高度為15米,既有氣勢又有吸引力。 入口大廳採用有蓋城市廣場的形式,配有大型閱讀桌(倍增為podia),展覽區和咖啡亭。 空間折疊成寬闊的台階,可供個人使用,也可作為超過一千名觀眾的活動座位。

The spaciousness is strengthened by diagonal sightlines across the interior, enabled by smart engineering; the library capitalizes the existing structure, thereby greatly minimizing the amount of new structural elements. An ingenious system of climate zones preserves the openness of the building; heating visitors in key contact zones and not entire spaces. It was this mentality that made it possible to preserve the LocHal building as one large usable volume, rather than inserting closed volumes or replacing it altogether.

通過智能工程實現內部對角線的視野,增強了空間感; 圖書館將現有結構資本化,從而大大減少了新結構元素的數量。 一個巧妙的氣候區系統保留了建築的開放性; 在關鍵接觸區而不是整個空間加熱訪客。 正是這種心態使得可以將LocHal建築物保存為一個大的可用體積,而不是插入封閉的體積或完全替換它。

From the entrance hall, the landscape of stairs leads visitors up towards the peripheral galleries which allows one to browse books or retreat into one of the quieter reading areas. Higher up, the filtered rooflight and the refined details of the structure creates a more ephemeral atmosphere. A large balcony offers panoramic views over the city.

從入口大廳,樓梯的景觀引導遊客前往周邊畫廊,這使得人們可以瀏覽書籍或退回到一個較安靜的閱讀區域。 更高的位置,過濾後的屋頂燈和精緻的結構細節營造出更加短暫的氛圍。 大陽台享有城市全景。

Six grand textile screens enable flexible separation of areas and improve acoustics. These screens, with a surface area of 4125 m2, can be repositioned in numerous configurations. They can, for example, be moved to separate the co-working area from the higher library floors, or across one of the staircases to create a small, semi-private auditorium; complete with suitable acoustics and lighting. Together with the black steel columns and concrete floors, they enrich the existing spatial system. The materials reveal their characteristic textures when viewed at close hand. During the day, abundant daylight creates intricate shadow patterns. After dark, the building is turned ‘inside out’, with the interior becoming an inviting beacon in the city.

六個大型紡織品屏幕可靈活分離區域並改善聲學效果。 這些屏幕的表面積為4125平方米,可以在多種配置中重新定位。 例如,它們可以被移動以將共同工作區域與較高的圖書館樓層隔開,或者跨越其中一個樓梯,以創建一個小型的半私人禮堂; 配有合適的聲學和照明。 它們與黑色鋼柱和混凝土地板一起,豐富了現有的空間系統。 當近距離觀察時,材料顯示出其特有的紋理。 在白天,充足的日光會產生錯綜複雜的陰影圖案。 天黑之後,建築物被“內向外”轉動,內部成為城市中一個誘人的燈塔。


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