City Hall Deventer: Public Elevations with 2,300 Different Fingerprints

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Completed in 2016 by Neutelings Riedijk Architects, City Hall Deventer is a new city hall of Deventer in the Netherlands. It has public elevations that represent the individual profile of 2,300 different fingerprints, comprising a pattern of oak frames with aluminum screens made by Loes ten Anscher.


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This new city hall is conceived as a “city hall quarter,” where the existing courtyard gardens and historic houses can create a dense ensemble with new patios and buildings. This dense ties in with the structure of the Deventer’s inner-urban.

A public route traverses the complex and leads to the stately, soaring hall. In this hall, the citizen can mark one of life’s rites of passage.



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The urban passage inside this building is the main hall that connects two large squares. The public elevations can represent the individual profile of 2,300 different fingerprints supplied by Deventer’s citizens, comprising a pattern of oak frames with aluminum screens made by artist Loes ten Anscher.

The prominent visual presence of them at this city hall can pay tribute to the collective life of the city and emphasize the public significance of every citizen as well.


City Hall Deventer Gallery


Photographer: Scagliola Brakkee

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