The Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands, The Hague, Den Haag, Holland
Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten bv have renovated the Ministry of Finance, The Hague.
The building, designed by J. Vegter and M. Bolten in 1975, is one of the best examples of the Brutalist style in the Netherlands. But it had become an anachronism, and its standards of comfort and transparency no longer met the current requirements of a modern Ministry.
Now renovated, the building provides office space for 1,750 employees, spread over seven floors: two below ground, including parking and sport facilities, and five above ground, with meeting rooms, a library, offices and a restaurant. In total, the building now provides 66,000m2 of floor space.
The main aim was to clearly embed the office complex within the urban fabric, and give the building a ‘heart’, a welcoming central entrance area, and a more open and transparent character.
Entered via two inviting gates, one of the inner courtyard gardens has now become a part of the public domain, thus helping the building to open itself up to the city and its people.
Architects: Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten bv
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Type of project: Office
Structural engineers: Arup bv, London/Amsterdam; Strukton Engineering
Project team: Harry van den Berg, Eveline Bossuyt, Tania Combos, Koert Göschel, Jochem Heijmans, Gerard van Hoorn, George Justus, Janneke Koppendraaier, Roberto Meyer, Jeroen van Schooten, Beate Schröder, Kees Stoffels, Do Janne Vermeulen, Guled Warsamme, Khalid Zahir, Boy van Zelst
Client: Consortium Safire
User: Ministry of Finace
Design date: January 2005
Construction dates: March 2007 – November 2008
Gross internal floor area: 66.000m2
Total cost: €173m.
Tendering council: Rijksgebouwendienst
Interior design: Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten BV, Amsterdam en DEGW
Landscape architect: Michael R. van Gessel, Amsterdam
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