The city of Ghent revealed the design for the City Office of Ghent. Kraaijvanger Architects together with SAR architects are to design the project. “Their project was selected thanks to their thoughtful and clear urban design and architectural choices, for the strong vision on sustainability, mobility and the new way of working”, says Martine De Regge, SCHEPEN of Facility Management of the City of Ghent. The municipal library and the administrative center will be incorporated in one building.
Together with the disclosure of the design on September 13th, the city of Ghent published the public tender for a construction on Site South. The construction works will begin in March 2019.
Back in 2016, the ‘TV Kraaijvanger architects and the SAR architecten’ was awarded with this assignment. The goal was to design a City Office that meets the BREEAM requirements, following a ‘very good’ rating. The city of Ghent aspires to set an example with its sustainable imago, due to more greenery, and an improved bicycle-complex for the area of Site Zuid.
About the design
The City of Ghent wants to centralize all public services in one building. This goal is realized with the new building: ‘City Office of Gent’. The old library and the current administration center (AC Zuid) will fuse together into one transparent building with all public services provided under one roof. The new building is logically design providing a spacious layout. A child friendly design supported by an ideal entrance for all. Underneath the entrance a bicycle storage provides space for 1100 bicycles.
The opening of the new City Office is planned for the end of 2021.