The present city hall Leiden is beautiful and imposing, but it also has limitations on contemporary use and experience. The building has a closed structure with a rigid constructive design and monumental finishes. The proposed interior design, where existing structures have been opened when possible, has been carefully adapted to the important monumental value of the special building. The design offers a high degree of freedom for a wide variety of workplaces: regular office desks, collaboration and concentration rooms, as well as meeting rooms of different sizes and living room-like settings for informal talks. cepezedinterior has designed a logical and effective distribution across the floor fields of three different zones: rest, noisy and ado. For maximum flexibility, the workplace layout is based on 'building blocks'; modules of different configurations that are always changeable or adaptable.
Architect Blaauw designed the original town hall as a ‘gesamtkunstwerk’ in which architecture, interior and decoration are unmistakably intertwined. The use of materials and the appearance of the renewed city hall are in modern contrast to this; clean lines with minimalistic details, but associated with interior components like colour, tone, texture and graphics. A lot of attention is given to a pleasant balance between a functional professional business interior and on the other hand a comfortable, safe and a welcoming atmosphere on the other.
status: lost in final phase