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TOWN HALL EXTENSION ZWOLLE
J.J. KONIJNENBURG, 1963-1975, Grote Kerkplein 15, Zwolle
Uitbreiding Stadhuis Zwolle / Town Hall Extension Zwolle ( J.J. Konijnenburg )
© 2006 Arthur Blonk

ARCHITECT(URAL OFFICE):
John Konijnenburg

RENOVATOR:
C.C. van Strien
P.B. Offringa

ASSISTING ARCHITECT:
Van Hasselt & De Koning

BUILDING TYPE:
Government buildings

This extension to Zwolle Town Hall takes its place between two restored older buildings. Its office facades have a vertical structure of glazing and loadbearing concrete piers clad in ceppo di gré, a type of stone from Northern Italy. The council chamber behind the spiky frontage has a sawtooth roof supported by laminated timber beams. Roofs are otherwise hyperbolic paraboloids. This uncompromising infill in a historical setting has received much criticism, though mainly levelled at its size.