Anna van Buerenplein Tower: Den Haag Building

Anna van Buerenplein Tower Den Haag, Fortress Projectontwikkeling BV, The Hague, AvB Design

Anna van Buerenplein Tower : Den Haag Building

AvB Tower Development in The Hague, Holland – design by Wiel Arets Architects

10 Sep 2013

AvB Tower

Den Haag, The Netherlands

Design: Wiel Arets Architects

WAA complete the AvB Tower in The Hague, the Netherlands

The Hague – The AvB Tower is an academic building in the center of The Hague and a dynamic hub threading the city’s central train station to the adjacent urban envelope.

AVB Tower The Hague Building Anna van Buerenplein Tower Den Haag Building
photos : Jan Bitter

The AvB Tower is a hyper-hybrid academic building and a dynamic hub threading The Hague’s central train station to the adjacent urban envelope, accommodating students and faculty with a program of housing, retail, and dining.

Anna van Buerenplein Tower AvB Tower Anna van Buerenplein Tower
photos : Jan Bitter

Surrounded by an expansive and newly constructed pedestrian square – the Anna van Beurenplein – this 72m steel tower is foreseen to be a catalyst for further redevelopment of this centrally sited urban space. As the city’s train station is a terminus, this square is a point of convergence for multiple modes of transportation and a gathering space for the tower’s 369 student residents.

Anna van Buerenplein Tower AvB Tower Anna van Buerenplein Tower Den Haag Anna van Buerenplein Tower AvB Tower in The Hague
photos : Jan Bitter

Clusters of office buildings and a surface parking lot were demolished to create this new residential and retail situation, which is part of a larger master plan to restructure this formerly under-utilized space in the center of this stately city. A newly submerged 3-story parking garage serves as the plinth for the tower’s foundation, dictating its structural solutions due to the pre-existing weight limitations of the parking garage. It was therefore chosen to construct the tower in steel, distributing its structural load across 11 pre-determined columns.

Carving an extension of its lobby from the surrounding square, the tower is accessed via an entryway of stairs and ramps. A sculptural staircase, whose oversized landings encourage informal social exchange, welcomes users upon entry, propelling them up and into the building’s hybrid programming. This staircase traverses a central void, organizing and intuitively routing users to and from the complex program of academic facilities that constitute the tower’s first five floors. The ground floor contains retail and auditoriums, while the second through fifth house lecture halls, a student help desk, and university offices, with 369 student studios occupying the tower’s remaining floors.

Anna van Buerenplein Tower AvB Tower Anna van Buerenplein Tower Den Haag Anna van Buerenplein Tower AvB Tower in The Hague
photos : Jan Bitter

Integrated within a central ‘district heating’ system purposely built for this redeveloped area, the tower utilizes excess energy provided by an adjacent residential building to satisfy its heating and cooling demands. This sustainable energy transfer is conducted underground to ensure minimal energy loss during transportation. The tower’s office spaces have been outfitted with independently regulated heating and cooling systems, while student rooms feature floor heating and operable and oversized sliding glass yellow windows, providing views to the square below, the skyline of The Hague, and the North Sea beyond.

AvB Tower The Hague images / information from Wiel Arets Architects

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AvB Tower in The Hague

Den Haag, The Netherlands

Design: Wiel Arets Architects

WAA progress construction on the AvB Tower in The Hague

The AvB Tower is located in the center of The Hague and is an extension of the ‘commuter-leisure’ concept currently emerging in the world’s metropolises.

Anna van Buerenplein Tower
photo : Jan Bitter

AvB Tower : background on the building

Anna van Buerenplein Tower Building

Type: Housing, Commercial
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
Date of Design: 2007-10
Status: Under Construction
Expected Completion: Autumn 2013
Total Area: 24.000 m2
Client: Fortress Projectontwikkeling BV
Architect: Wiel Arets
Project Team: Bettina Kraus, Jochem Homminga, Joost Körver, Rob Willemse, Raymond van Sabben, Thorsten Schneider, Ramon Alverez Roa
Collaborators: Janosch Welzien, Jasper Stevens, Martin Tessarz, Tobias Bamberg, Steffen Winkler, Carlatta Giacomin

Anna van Buerenplein Tower The Hague images / information from Wiel Arets Architects

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