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Town Hall in Basse Goulaine
© Stéphane Chalmeau

Transparency at all levels

The construction of the new town hall is part of the redevelopment concept for the Basse-Goulaine town centre in France and, most notably, it serves to open a park located at the heart of the commune, which was previously closed for the public. White clay roof tiles make sure the building stands out.

The design by DLW architecture is based on transparency and the accessibility of the new town hall for all citizens. Thanks to its clean design vocabulary, this commanding three-storey town hall perfectly integrates into its natural environment. The compact upper level, which is clad with light plain Wienerberger ceramic tiles, seems to hover above the fully glazed ground floor; visual links between the town and the park, between the interior and exterior make the building a transparent connecting link in both the political and urban context.

Town Hall in Basse Goulaine
© Stéphane Chalmeau

Opening up towards the town

Following the site contour, about one half of the semi-basement was embedded in the ground, while its façade opens this level towards the road and is thus providing a direct access to the road for the employees working in the offices. This fully glazed level seems to have grown into the park. It is dedicated to welcoming the public and provides rooms for official occasions. The upper level is reserved for in-house departments. The solid façade, which is clad with light ceramic plain tiles, offers more secluded areas, and a large terrace with a glass balustrade faces towards the park.

Town Hall in Basse Goulaine
© Stéphane Chalmeau
Town Hall in Basse Goulaine
© Stéphane Chalmeau

Attractive mixture

The combination with glass and shimmering light-grey ceramic tiles, which due to their thin glaze reflect a variety of shades, results in an extremely modern and high-contrast material effect.

Facts
  • Project name
    New town hall of Basse-Goulaine, France
  • Architect
    DLW architecture, Nantes
  • Used products

    Koramic 301 white glazed

Koramic Plate 301 Blanc émaillé Wienerberger grey

Roof tiles

Koramic 301, white glazed