Stadshuis Nieuwegein, Netherlands



Architects: 3XN
Address: Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
Completed: September 2011
Size: 27,000 sqm
Price: 49 mio. euro
Client: Gemeente Nieuwegein, Projectbureau Binnenstad
Local Architect: ABT

The new City Hall and cultural center in the Dutch city of Nieuwegein, is designed to create cohesion and the foundation for a stronger local community. A modern participatory democracy requires transparency and communication at eye level in the encounter between citizen and authority. These elements have been the core of Danish practice 3XN’s design. “It was important for us to create a building that was welcoming, rather than authoritarian in its expression,” says Principal and founder of 3XN, Kim Herforth Nielsen.

Nieuwegein is located 5 km south of Utrecht, and since 1970 the city has grown from having just 8,000 inhabitants to 62,000 inhabitants in 2012. The strong growth in population makes heavy demands on the city administration to develop the city socially and culturally. “It’s a challenge they are very conscious of in Nieuwegein. Therefore we have tried to create a building that can be a catalyst for social affiliation with the city,” explains Kim Herforth Nielsen.

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