Upon its completion in 1992, Rijnstraat 8 represented both an innovative office typology – its atriums served as conservatories – and a leading example of sustainability. Over time, the building no longer offered the flexibility required of a contemporary office space. In collaboration with the original architect, Jan Hoogstad, and in the context of a Public Private Partnership, the transformation of the complex is the first large-scale implementation of a new masterplan for the Dutch government’s offices. The design gives the building a new relation to The Hague, connecting it to the city both visually through a large glass facade, and functionally through the creation of a passage that acts as a public square. The introduction of open plan offices helps reveal the building’s internal processes. A new walkway running the entire length of the building improves one’s sense of direction and provides city views. In the process, a combination of renovation and transformation, the use of new materials has been minimized: of the 20% of the building that was demolished, 99.7% has been reused. Energy consumption has been reduced through the application of triple glass, the use of solar panels, LED lights, and a heat and cold storage...
Rijksvastgoedbedrijf, The Hague, NL
OMA / Ellen van Loon (socia partner); Bart Nicolaas, Anita Ernodi, Alex de Jong, Kees van Casteren, Airat Khusnutdinov, Alain Fouraux, Alexander Giarlis, Betti Ng, Jan Barta, Buster Christensen, Dominic Black, Edward Nicholson, Eric Lee, Lauren Potter, Hans Larsson, Hongchuan Zhao, Lei Mao, Gemawang Swaribathoro, Magdalena Stanescu, Mario Rodriguez, Matthew Davis, Nikki Mulder, Pawel Panfiluk, Saskia Simon, Sunkyu Koh, Yangwen Huo, Danny Rigter, Ido de Boer, Jasper van Amstel, Maya Turre, Paloma Bule, Stefan Wolf, Theodora Papanastasiou, Tjeerd van de Sandt, Vitor Oliveira, Will Hartzog (equipo team)
ARUP, BAM A&E, Bunnik (estructura structure); Valstar Simonis, Rijswijk / BAM Techniek, Bunnik, NL (servicios services); DGMR, Arnhem (protección contra incendios y seguridad fire safety and security); Level Acoustics, Eindhoven (acústica acoustics)
Marco Cappelletti; Nick Guttridge