The former Ministry of Social Affairs in The Hague, is in a crucial location due to its proximity to the train station of Den Haag Laan van NOI. Designed in the 1980’s by architect Herman Hertzberger, the massive concrete building was recently repurposed to host housing and commercial activities.

FABRICations developed a project to revitalize the building and adapt it to the new use by giving it new identity without compromising its historical value. Strategically, critical demolitions and additions were used to transform the building into a catalyst for public life and commercial activity in order to maximize the investments and introduce outer spaces and vegetation.

The final outcome is a 3D village where apartments have outdoor space and vegetation to provide natural climate control, water retention and sound insulation. The new façade provides a new identity for the building and efficient insulation, while historical characteristics are preserved inside. The traditional high rise typology is broken into a fragmented and dynamic entity where the building cascades towards the inner courtyards and the public life.

Location: Den Haag, Netherlands

Program: Building Remodelling

Year: 2016

Commissioner: VORM Ontwikkeling B.V. , BPD Ontwikkeling B.V.

Design Directors: Eric Frijters, Olv Klijn

Project Manager: José Cocchiararo

Team: Lloyd Martin, Duong Bui, Luca de Stefano, Monika Novkovik


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