Huis van de Gemeente

Hospitable welcome by polder pioneers

Dronten is a municipality of pioneers. Over 60 years ago, these people reclaimed Eastern Flevoland. Today, they are the driving force behind its circularity. Their sustainability and identity are manifest in our design for Dronten’s thoroughly renovated Huis van de Gemeente (House of the Municipality).

We transformed a municipal monument (1982) from a dark and closed office environment into a light and open public building. We did this together with councillors, civil servants and residents. Their input in the participation process is reflected in the result.

Circular Interior

The aim was to close the cycles of energy and materials. The building is energy neutral. We also gave it a circular interior. We ‘cleverly’ demolished the existing installation package to encourage reuse and to reduce waste. We gave ceiling slats a second life by using them to finish the public counters.

We used biobased materials, such as biolaminate with ground mussel shells and acoustic panels made from recycled PET bottles. We designed demountable and reusable customized interior elements, avoiding glued joints; QR codes on the materials inform interested parties about their origins.


The interior reflects the polder pioneer character of the people of Dronten. Some 60 years ago, some of them literally put their shoulder to the wheel. Where the Zuiderzee used to be, they built a layered new land. We translated this notion of layeredness into the design, with references to the soil profile and supplemented by contour lines in relation to the Amsterdam Ordinance Datum.

  • 2400 plants in the green wall
  • 150 circularly deployable elements
  • 8255 sqm

A bright atrium with public counters forms the dynamic heart of the offices for the municipal government. The 2,400-plant living wall immediately catches the eye.

The ground floor houses meeting facilities, a restaurant and council chamber. The upper floors provide space for different types of work spaces.

Deze zaal kreeg met een ovalen tafel een opstelling, die geschikt is voor raadsvergaderingen en voor kleinere ceremonies.



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