Portraits of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have been elegantly incorporated into the PET Felt walls of the council chamber of the Zuidplas municipality in the Netherlands. On Friday, June 7, 2019, State Secretary Tamara van Ark officially opened the new city hall, which was designed by Kraaijvanger Architects.
Silo created a design based on photos by Erwin Olaf. By making the portraits in the same material as the wallcovering, the council chamber maintains a subdued appearance. The wallcovering contributes to the optimal acoustics and is highly sustainable because PET Felt is made from 100 percent recycled materials.
The Zuidplas City Hall is the first example of a ‘circular demolished’ and rebuilt city hall in the Netherlands. The result is a sustainable, energy-neutral, and comfortable municipal offices building. Although there are no official rules in the Netherlands for installing official portraits in government buildings, it is considered good practice.