Old shell, new core: Halle Social Welfare Office by WAW architects
The interior spaces were given a complete overhaul, with WAW architects developing a new floor plan concept for this purpose. Access to the various parts of the building is provided from the lobby adjoining the main entrance. A construction in concrete, steel and glass forms an airy structure full of voids, thus providing sight lines across the social services building and its various departments. Most of the areas consist of open plan offices and meeting zones; enclosed sections are more sporadic, as in the extension for example, which also contains a multi-purpose conference room. On all floors the architects have also integrated a quiet area with a staff kitchen.
Grey exposed concrete surfaces in the form of pillars, floors and ceilings are as much part of the colour palette as the plain white of walls; panels in warm-hued wood embellish the chapel. Touches of vibrant colour serve orientation and lend the interiors of the OCMW social welfare centre a playful character, as evidenced by the bright green of the entrance as well as kitchen cabinetry in orange, blue or red. Acoustic panels and smart furnishings play an instrument role in ensuring a work environment undisturbed by noise.