Openness and transparency characterize the architectural expression and the activity-based work environment that unfolds across new and old buildings at Uppsala Town Hall. A public arcade through the town hall leads to the central, glass roofed courtyard providing a meeting place for the community with a citizens' services, a café, restaurant, shops and exhibition rooms. At the center of it all is a sculptural building which frames the municipal council chambers and the other meeting activities in the building. Walkways connect the extension with the existing organization and revitalize the original architectural intention to create a closed block structure with a beating heart.
"Our vision is a modern, inviting town hall that promotes dialog with citizens, and which is a functional workplace and meeting place for residents, public officials and politicians. We also wish to preserve the town hall's original architectural value. I think that the winning proposal has succeeded in resolving this equation in a very elegant way."
Marlene Burwick, Mayor of Uppsala Municipality