On a spacious public square, the new town library is surrounded by residential volumes with commercial spaces. The town library, semi-sunken below ground level, makes full use of daylight and employs geothermal energy and concrete core activation. The different sections of the library, such as the audio-visual area and the quiet reading room, lie in an open plan. This required acoustically innovative interventions, all the more so because of the fair-faced concrete for the concrete core activation.
- Town of Waregem
- Goedefroo & Goedefroo
- Robbrecht en Daem architecten
- 12500 m²
The center of the town of Waregem has undergone a drastic redevelopment. The old senior home, vacant since a new home was built nearby, was replaced by an urban development, offering room for a public library, apartments, retail and an underground car park. This urban intervention is connected to the retail area "Het Pand" through a promenade boulevard.
The site is mostly property of the Public Social Welfare Center of Waregem, and was rebuilt within a public-private collaboration.
The new library is 3 times larger than the current one, integrating a maximum of green techniques. For example, basic lighting is provided through the 4 glazed facades and the northern orientated roof lighting. Climatisation occurs through geothermics and concrete core activation.
The library disposes of a read café and multifunctional space, to be used separately - also after closing time of the library.
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