The former VSB banking building, which was designed by Architecten Van Mourik, has been transformed into a housing project for Utrecht County Council. The County Hall is easily recognisable from afar, due to its high slender volume dominating the Utrecht city skyline. The State Hall, situated inside the former auditorium, is the heart of the County Hall and the County’s democracy. The openings in the façade are enlarged, as a result of which it literally presents itself to its citizens. In addition to this, the main entrance has been transformed into an accessible informal plaza, which ends in a restaurant, with a patio facing the garden. The office floors have been arranged to facilitate a modern work ethic. Each floor offers a variety of conference spaces and workstations. In the centre of every office floor you can find a “living room table” contained by a furniture unit comprising a wardrobe, lockers, pantry and cupboard space. The 16th floor contains the managers’ floor with double height ceilings, overlooking the city of Utrecht, housing the Queen’s commissioner (i.e. the head of the County) and delegates.
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