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council office Westland


council office Westland 

The municipality of Westland came into being in 2004 as the result of a merger between the municipalities of De Lier, 's-Gravenzande, Monster, Naaldwijk and Wateringen. It was up to cepezed to bring the municipal services and employees together in Naaldwijk. The council office we designed on the Laan van de Glazen Stad accommodates the council officials.

  • client(s)
  • municipality Westland
  • location
  • Naaldwijk
  • user(s)
  • municipality Westland
  • expertise
  • architects
    cepezed interior

Two buildings, one idea  

cepezed’s assignment was in two parts: the town hall on the Verdilaan, which functions as the public and administrative centre, and the council office. Although the functions of the buildings differ, both have been designed with the same ambitions: distinguished appearance, spatial quality, efficiency, flexibility, comfort and sustainability. Appropriate for the Westland, which is well known for its horticulture under glass, ‘the greenhouse’ was used as an architectural metaphor for both locations.

Both the council office and the town hall on the Verdilaan were realized within a DBFMO contract

lucas van der wee | cepezed

Typical Westland  

The council office is business-like on the outside and spacious, inviting and imposing on the inside. The use of colour in the interior is modelled on the colours in the Westland logo: white, blue and green. Additionally, in various spaces there are photo prints covering the entire wall with typical Westland images, reinforcing the identity.

lucas van der wee | cepezed

Green atrium  

The building comprises two office bays with a high, luminous atrium laid out with greenery centrally in between. The atrium includes the reception and restaurant, and has a strong visual relationship with the forecourt. Connected to the upper floors by walkways, various different 'floating' islands have been included in the atrium. These are part of the circulation routes between the two freely adaptable bays.

lucas van der wee | cepezed
lucas van der wee | cepezed

No insular culture  

On the islands, there are seats and coffee points where employees can discuss the weekend or, for example, eat cake on a colleague’s birthday. In this way, the islands not only contribute to spatial diversity, but also stimulate meeting, interaction and social connection.

lucas van der wee | cepezed

Work wherever you like  

The ground floor houses general functions such as the project, meeting and instruction rooms, goods delivery and the technical areas. On the upper floors, different types of workspaces have been arranged in open, semi-open and more enclosed zones. These zones are organized on the basis of hustle and bustle, murmur, and peace and quiet.

The quieter, more closed working areas are situated along the façades, while the places for discussions and collaboration are located round the atrium.

lucas van der wee | cepezed

Good for climate and user  

The building is CO2 neutral. Energy demand is greatly reduced by a range of modern applications of technology and materials. The required energy is obtained largely sustainably using (partly thermal) PV panels. Phase Change Materials form a buffer for heat and cold storage.

Daylight is present everywhere and penetrates deep into the building. The prominent, open staircases stimulate active use of the office.

lucas van der wee | cepezed
lucas van der wee | cepezed

Sustainable design  

The materials used are sustainably produced, robust and low-maintenance. Sustainability is also achieved through the method of industrial, flexible and demountable construction (IFD). As a result, the realization took place as cleanly and efficiently as possible with a minimum of materials.

In addition, we paid a great deal of attention to flexible use and optimal possibilities for recycling and reuse of components.

lucas van der wee | cepezed


  • primary client: gemeente westland
  • contractual client: de groene schakel (de boele & van eesteren, homij technische installaties, pch dienstengroep en kondorwessels projecten)
  • interior design: cepezedinterieur
  • landscaping: buro lubbers
  • stability: van rossum raadgevende ingenieurs
  • building services: kvmc
  • building physics & sustainability: kvmc
  • main contractor: boele & van eesteren b.v.
  • contractor building services: homij technische installaties
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