City Hall Den Helder
Den Helder
2020-2023
City Hall Den Helder
Den Helder
2020-2023
Transformation and renovation of monumental buildings in the historical dokyard into a city hall
Address: Willemsoord 66 & 72, Den Helder
Gross floor area: 6.800 m2
Client: City of Den Helder
Architecture: Office Winhov & Van Hoogevest Architecten
Photography: Luuk Kramer, Max Hart Nibbrig
City Hall Den Helder
Den Helder
2020-2023

A House of the City on Willemsoord.

The former naval ship yard Willemsoord forms a unique ensemble in Den Helder. By relocating the town hall to Willemsoord, the municipality is committing to its nautical culture and history.

Building 72, the former sail manufacturer from 1949, is a recognizable beacon amid the nautical activities on the shipyard. The new workspaces are organized around a void in the heart of the building. The design is based on the characteristic concrete shell. The originally pragmatic composition of the facades are replaced by a transparent interpretation that expresses the public character of the building.

Building 66, a mast shed from 1826, is a national monument and built in a sober neoclassical style. The building forms the connection between the southern quay and the central area of ​​the yard. The monumental wooden roof construction determines the character of the inner street along which the public counters, the council chamber and wedding hall and the meeting center are placed.

The sustainable repurposing of the buildings safeguards the future of both buildings and gives an important impulse to the further development of Willemsoord.

City Hall Den Helder
Den Helder
2020-2023
Current interior, building 66
Southern facade, building 72
Southern view of building 66 and 72
The dockyard, 1940
Willemsoord, captured from Koopvaarders Binnenhaven
Ground level axonometric
Monumental corner office, building 66
Building 66's public axis
Historical collage of brick, building 66
Building 66's public axis, current situation
Interior second floor, building 72
Concrete structure, building 72
Central void, building 72