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SCHUNCK x town hall Heerlen

The renovated town hall and new municipal offices in Heerlen will open at the end of August. The town hall was built 75 years ago by Frits Peutz, the Heerlen architect who also drew for the Glaspaleis. 

In recent years, the town hall has been renovated - the building will now be connected to the new municipal offices, designed by Mecanoo. The opening will take place on the weekend of 26 August.

Lecture Francine Houben

On 27 August, SCHUNCK, together with the municipality of Heerlen, organises a lecture by architect (and founder of Mecanoo) Francine Houben on the occasion of the opening of the new town hall. When designing the new municipal offices, Houben was inspired by the architecture of the renovated town hall.

The lecture takes place on 27 August 2023, during Cultura Nova's city-making week, and ties in with the theme of Architecture Day - Access I Accessibility. And that in turn fits nicely with the new municipal offices, whose underlying design concept stands for openness, accessibility and welcoming citizens, guests and employees. After the lecture, there will be room for discussion. There will then be a number of guided tours of the building.

See here for more info and registration.

Exhibition Council House

From 27 August, the exhibition 'Town hall: the collection from then to now to ever' is on display in the main lobby of the town hall. In it, SCHUNCK presents a cross-section of the municipal art collection, the oldest public collection of contemporary art in Limburg.

With some key works by Cobra and the 'Amsterdam Limburgers', it reflects on the genesis of the collection in the 1950s. The presentation also gives a good idea of the further development of the art collection, which, like the city itself, is characterised by innovation. On display are works by Yael Bartana, Constant, Hadassah Emmerich, Romy Finke, Ger Lataster, Keetje Mans and Dan Zhu, among others.

The exhibition will be on view during office hours from 27 August.