The Hague, Rijnstraat 8

The Hague, Rijnstraat 8

The former Ministry of Housing, transformed into a flexible new government office to various ministries and departments after a major refurbishment in 2017. Rijnstraat 8 is part of the master plan of office accommodation in The Hague. It is the first government office that brings together and accommodates multiple government organizations.

In total there are 4400 workplaces for more than 6000 users. The building next to The Hague Central Station will soon accommodate more than 6,000 (mostly) civil servants from Foreign Affairs and Infrastructure and the Environment, the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA), the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) and the Repatriation and Departure Service (DT & V).

The former office building was converted into flexible offices for the government by BAM and Plan@Office. These offices are flexible work environments where people work independently of time and place. The renovation of the building at Rijnstraat is the latest and most extreme example of this development. It has facilities for meeting, networking, communication and cooperation. It is the largest realized Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Europe.

The main meeting room has the same atmosphere as the former Van Kleffens Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is one of the landmarks in the new building. Lensvelt Contract delivered a major contribution to the meeting room with AVL Office Chairs, and created custom made seats for press with integrated folding writing tables.

On all floors stylized seating areas are available in various designs, in different colors of artificial leather and natural leather. The Blocks seats and sofas are designed in collaboration with OMA Architects and are fitted with plug and play facilities.

Realization mid 2017.
Architects: OMA,
Photographers: Michael van Oosten, Delfino Sisto Legnani, Marco Cappelletti and Nick Guttrige.

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