The center of Heerhugowaard, 30 miles north of Amsterdam, is changing dramatically. Central to the metamorphosis is a new city plaza right next to the Town Hall which dates from 1982. A new wing with information and social services for the public opens up the building to the outside world and invites it to come inside. A busy urban department store is created by interweaving public functions, where various services remain recognizable. The existing brick buildings are joined by two distinctly recognizable wings: a municipal department, clad in bluestone and a library with a wooden exterior. The 30 feet high entrance hall provides spatial coherence. An ambulatory around the adjacent courtyard connects the existing cube of the meeting hall with the new free-form spaces containing service counters, the book library with cafés for reading and internet, the art lending library and the wedding room. A cupola with a mezzanine offers a splendid view of the new heart of Heerhugowaard.
How to get there?
From train station: you leave the station on the side of the taxis and turn right (Stationsplein). At the end you turn left (Zuidtangent). You walk straight ahead and at the traffic lights you cross straight, following the Zuidtangent until the roundabout. You turn right there and follow the Slingerweg. You now look straight toward the shopping centre Middenwaard. You have reached the Stadsplein. On your right hand side are Town Hall and library.