Leiden City Hall
Leiden
2017–2022
Leiden City Hall
Leiden
2017–2022
Transformation and renovation of the monumental city hall
Address: Stadhuisplein 1, Leiden
Gross floor area: 12.000 m2
Client: City of Leiden
Architecture: Office Winhov
Interior design: Studio Linse
Design courtyard: H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten
Photography: René de Wit
Leiden City Hall
Leiden
2017–2022

The city hall of Leiden, designed by C.J. Blaauw and built in 1934, an exceptional building characteristic for the city of Leiden, is now facing an important challenge. The existing monument will one hand be preserved and adapted to the new needs of the municipality. Moreover, the challenge that the city hall faces is in relation to the city itself: to become a place where citizens and visitors enjoy coming; and in which they receive a warm welcome from the municipality and its board of directors. The square in front of the city hall will become a point of connection between the building itself and the historic city center and its cultural and historic institutions. The courtyard of the city hall will become an Hortus Conclusus with a spectacular tulip tree at its centre: the tree that Boerhaave planted in the Hortus Botanicus and on the Oud Poelgeest estate. With targeted, respectful interventions, the city hall will again become fit for purpose.

Leiden City Hall
Leiden
2017–2022
The town hall by Cornelis Springer, 1870
The council chamber
View from the Nieuwe Rijn towards the city hall
Historical overview photo; the city hall in the center of Leiden
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Renovation of the monumental areas
View of the workspaces in the attic during construction
View from the City hall square
Construction, 1937
The civic hall and the wedding hall
The new entrance hall
The new terrazzo floor finishing next to the existing natural stone floors
Monumental corridor on the second floor
Material palette: existing natural stone with new terrazzo
Ground floor plan First floor plan
Ground floor plan
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The wedding hall viewed from the reception room
The tulip tree that Boerhaave planted and will be placed in the Hortus Conclusus
The Hortus Conclusus