Lochal is Tilburg's new public city forum. The building houses public libraries, co-working spaces, conference rooms, arts education spaces and a large city hall for international events, exhibitions and debates. Lochal is in a defective locomotive shed in the railway zone next to the Central Station; an area that is being transformed step by step into a new heart of the city.

The building houses a new kind of hybrid library: visitors can not only view and borrow books, other media and changing collections, the building also stimulates the joint production of new information. This will be done in so-called 'lab rooms', themed spaces that will spread across the building.

Large open spaces and floor fields match the heritage value of the monumental hall and the idea of ​​an 'open' library. Six mobile and space-high canvases ensure that the staircases are transformed into theater or lecture space.

The open library area can be divided into different zones. When entering the visitor comes in a large central hall where he finds a unit of the former lochal. This courtyard is served by a series of stairs and terraces Give an overview of locations to read, to work, to discuss and to act. Via these terraces there is access to the co-working corridor that is surrounded by meeting rooms. On the last floor wide corridors are place at more intimate workplaces. This hallway comes out at a shared winter garden with a view over the city...

  • Name: LocHal Public Library
  • Location: Tilburg (NL)
  • Program: Public library, seats2meet, BKKC, kunstbalie, catering facilities, event areas
  • Size: 11.200 m²
  • Lead architect: Civic Architects
  • Transformation and restoration: Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau
  • Interior and landscape design, textiles: Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse
  • Landscaping: Donkergroen
  • Interior design library, offices: Mecanoo Architecten
  • Advisors of the city of Tilburg:
  • Construction management: Stevens van Dijck Bouwmanagers & Adviseurs
  • Technical consultancy: Arup (structural design and engineering, installation technology, sustainability, lighting, fire safety, acoustic design)
  • Lead contractor: Binx Smartility
  • Consultants: VDNDP Structural Engineers (site architect), F. Wiggers ingenieursbureau (structural engineering), ABT Wassenaar (building physics, acoustics, fire safety), SOM= (commercial management), Linneman (BREEAM certification)
  • Glass hall: Zaanen Spanjers Architecten, Octatube
  • Textile screens:
  • Design drawings and installations: Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse
  • Woven sections: Tilburg Textile Museum
  • Canvas sections and installation: Seilemaaker
  • Assistant canvas sections: Gerriets France (FR)
  • Monofilament sections: Theatex BV
  • Rails and motorized system: Gerriets GmbH (GE)
  • Installation and software: Levtec
  • Photography: Stijn Bollaert
  • Other illustrations: Civic Architects
  • Awards: 2019 Winner World Building of the Year 2019, World Architecture Festival WAF - LocHal Public Library Tilburg Winner Completed Building Culture 2019, World Architecture Festival WAF - LocHal Public Library Tilburg Winner Gulden Feniks - LocHal Public Library Tilburg Winner BNA Building of the year, Publieksprijs - LocHal Public Library Tilburg Winner BNA Building of the year, Leefbaarheid & Sociale Cohesie - LocHal Public Library Tilburg Winner Dutch Design Award - LocHal Public Library Tilburg Winner Dezeen Awards, Rebirth Project - LocHal Public Library Tilburg Finalist Azure Award, Adaptive Re-Use - LocHal Public Library Tilburg Finalist Architizer A+ Awards, Architecture + Renovation - LocHal Public Library Tilburg Nomination Public Biulding of the year, Architectenweb awards - LocHal Public Library Tilburg

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