Stadhuisplein 1, Alphen aan den Rijn
Erick van Egeraat
Ralph van Mameren
PUBLICATIONS:Bouw 2002-7/8; de Architect 2003-3; l'Arca 2000-10; Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 2002-9/10; Jaarboek 2002-2003; Ph. Joididio - 10 years Erick van Egeraat, 2008
This free-form town hall unites the scales and building lines of its neighbours. It consists of a rectangular basement below a rounded dynamic triangular form containing the principal activities of a town hall. The public and ceremonial portion has glass facades printed with a tree motif. The less exposed portions contain offices. A stair winds up from the open floor of public services to the council chamber housed in a volume jutting far out above the entrance. Exposed structural elements such as columns and joists contribute much to the expressive interior.