ArcelorMittal Luxembourg steel in unique split-level city hall in Netherlands
ArcelorMittal Belval & Differdange has supplied some 8,000 tonnes of steel sections for an unusual city hall in the Dutch town of Utrecht.
The eye-catching city hall, is situated partially beside and partly on top of a railway station complex. It includes 5,000 tonnes of HD sections for wide flange columns in Histar® 460 grade, used in the building’s columns.
A unique design
Conceived as a “vertical landscape”, the new Utrecht city hall, designed by Kraaijvanger Architects, is unique in both structural design and shape. The complicated design brief required that both the station complex and municipal offices be accessible from the plateau above the railway tracks and platforms. This was further complicated by upcoming plans for a transport hub to be developed at ground level. The split-level construction required a special structural design made possible thanks to steel solutions.
Image credit: Stijn Poelstra for Kraaijvanger Architects