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OMA, Rijnstraat 8, The Hague, Stylepark
The new glass façade on the south side of the building
© Delfino Sisto Legnani/Marco Cappelletti
The new glass façade on the south side of the building

OMA on behalf of the state

Architecture company OMA has significantly converted an existing ministry building to render it fit for a new purpose.
11/5/2017

The Netherlands are opting for a leaner administration. In the building that formerly housed the Ministry for Building, Spatial Planning and the Environment will now be home to not one but two ministries, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and two government agencies. To this end, the architects at OMA have emphatically converted the existing building, erected in 1992. The most important change: the surface areas used by single-cell and open-plan offices have been restructured. As part of this, the architects also changed the access routes to the various floors, inserting a corridor the full length of each story. Moreover, the building was modestly expanded at the southern end, where it now opens out with a new glass facade. Moreover, the new design boasts an atrium in this section, too. Another addition: the existing pedestrian passageway through the building has been broadened and now includes the main entrance. (fap)

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East façade
© Delfino Sisto Legnani/Marco Cappelletti
East façade
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Pedestrian passageway with main entrance
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Pedestrian passageway with main entrance
OMA, Rijnstraat 8, The Hague, Stylepark
Escalator
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Escalator
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Lobby of the building
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Lobby of the building
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Atrium
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Atrium
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Conference room
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Conference room
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Gastronomical area
© Delfino Sisto Legnani/Marco Cappelletti
Gastronomical area