Three municipal facilities were built on the Mariënburgplein: the library, the archives and the Social Services agency. These were partially housed in the former police station, each facility given one storey. On the square side, an extension was built in front of the old police building, in which the horizontal structure of the old building was rotated a quarter-turn, as it were. This gave each of the facilities a front over several storeys on the square and created an opportunity to create different façades, each with its own character. The façades say something about what takes places inside the building. The façade of the municipal archives has a bunker-like appearance, softened by a transparent plinth that seems to lift the building. The façade of the library is conceived as a large bookcase. The golden column at the entrance of the Social Services agency can be read as a symbol of hope. Colours play an important role in all the buildings. The same colours keep coming back, but used in a different way each time. In the library the colours are used to indicate locations; in the municipal archives they are used instead to create barriers.
[A] Jos van Eldonk
[P] Library, archives and office
[G] Library 4,700 m2; archives 4,700 m2; offices 13.200 m2
[C] Mariënburg VOF: ING Real Estate & Gemeente Nijmegen