Talk about a facelift! The current administration centre is situated at the former Houthalen colliery. A fine example of modern architecture that immediately catches the eye.
Present and past
Houthalen’s mining past is still clearly present. You can hardly miss the two large mine shafts. The colliery’s main building now does service as the GreenVille museum, where you can see lots of equipment from the mining era. Yet this is also a place where the future is not forgotten. GreenVille brings together people with knowledge and experience of the green economy.
NAC (New Administration Center)
In Houthalen-Helchteren the past goes hand in hand with the future. As symbols of two major periods, they stand out over our community: the pit heads and the New Administrative Centre (NAC), which has even made it onto the list of ‘100 places in the world that you just have to see’.
This futuristic and at the same time sober, ecological and extremely functional building is located on the old mining site and houses among others the municipal services, the OCMW (Social Service Department), the library, VVV-Toerisme and the police. The observation point on the roof of the building's blue tower, an artistic spot with an extensive view over this community and the region, is called ‘het Oog van Daubechies’ ('the eye of Daubechies').
This tower is named after a resident of Houthalen-Helchteren: Ingrid Daubechies. In the stairway enclosure you will find more information on her brilliant and famed mathematical formulas.