The provincial hall, which had been temporarily decorated during the transformation of the Provincial House, needed a definitive interior design. The provincial hall forms the heart of the provincial democracy. This has to be expressed through the design.
The former VSB bank building (later Fortis), designed in the 1990’s by architecten van Mourik, has been transformed to accommodate the Province of Utrecht. The provincial hall, situated in the former auditorium, forms the heart of the Provincial House. The design for the interior is the keystone of the transformation.
To come to a concept, the logo has been used as the identity carrier. The space as a whole is, in congruence to the heart of the organisation, seen as a living room. A living room that presents and represents the identity of the province.
The concrete surrounding of the former auditorium is covered in a fabric wall covering with a print of the logo of the Province of Utrecht. The furniture is executed in natural bamboo, creating a warm and acoustically improved space that does justice to the living room of the province.
The production of the fabric panels was done by specialists in a scientific way, so as to guarantee colour fastness and to prevent possible shrinkage. For the layout of the furniture, a current image-registration practices have been taken into account to ensure that everyone can fully follow the dialogue.
From a sustainability perspective, the materials are chosen based on longevity and minimal maintenance. Furthermore, the detailing enables a simple separation of different materials after their use.