The ChallengeA new town hall arises in Venlo, on the river Maas. It is in many ways a challenging project. The ambition of the Gemeente Venlo is to apply the principles of Cradle to Cradle (C2C ®) to the design of the building. Important features are an excellent indoor climate and very low energy consumption. Furthermore, the building should be ready for energy- and material neutrality in the near future.
Our SolutionThe new town hall is part of the planning area De Maaswaard. In this area thermal energy storage (TES) is developed that will also supply the town hall. In addition, we applied the following C2C ® solutions:
- Ventilation based on the principles of natural circulation. Air will be supplied to a glass house on the roof that purifies the air, the exhaust air disappears through voids and a solar chimney on the roof (see graphic)
- Air quality that is further enhanced by a green façade
- A helophyte area that purifies the grey water.
The building is not only efficient but also effective in using space. A three layered parking garage is planned below the town hall that will make maximum use of space, natural ventilation and daylight.