Vast locomotive hall in the Netherlands is transformed into Tilburg’s ‘new living room’

Described as Tilburg’s ‘new living room’, the LocHal is a converted locomotive hall that now houses a major new library for the Dutch city.

The building, which dates back to 1932, contains Bibliotheek MiddenBrabantt (the public library), KunstlocBrabantt (a regional knowledge and expertise center for culture and art), Brabant C (a regional investment fund for culture and the creative industry) and seats2meet (a series of co-working spaces).

the building’s design is the result of close collaboration between civic architects (lead architect), Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau (restoration), and Inside Outside/Petra Blaisse (interior concept and curtains).

The interior design of the library, the various ‘laboratories’, the café and offices are by Mecanoo, while the engineering consultancyArupp advised on aspects such as sustainability, re-use and acoustic design.

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