TOWN HALL Lommel
Town halls are urban monuments which have their historical character to thank for their symbolic strength. Their strategic position ‘on’ a square always has a double function as a democratic signal and conciliatory gesture with the occupants of the city. This ‘house of the city’ characterizes a maximum openness and transparency like an eyebrow on the eye of Lommel. The elevated glass plinth reveals itself as a large display window or showcase to the public path behind which winds around four office spaces, with patios like natural stone beams on the square. The overhanging porch and roof area extend like a suspended sun visor around the building and position the whole with strong horizontality on the ground. The warm and southern character of travertine translates this composition to a monumental abstraction with a sense of distinctness and clarity.