Eurojust Building Den Haag, Dutch HQ Project, The Hague Architecture, Design
Eurojust Building, The Netherlands : Den Haag Headquarters
Building Development in The Hague, Holland – design by Mecanoo / Haskoning
21 Mar 2012
Design: Mecanoo / Haskoning
Joint press release from the Ministry of Safety and Justice and the Government Buildings Agency
Mecanoo-Haskoning design new Eurojust building
The Mecanoo-Haskoning design team is the winner for the realisation of the new Eurojust headquarters in The Hague. The design visions of four candidates were judged on the following aspects: architectural quality, urban integration and landscape , functionality and programme of requirements, maintenance and sustainability, and integrated design process. The winning team made the highest score on these aspects. The jury, consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Safety and Justice, Eurojust, the Municipality of The Hague and the Government Buildings Agency, chaired by the Government Architect, has announced the winner on Tuesday.
According to the jury, the design vision of Mecanoo-Haskoning is most in keeping with the above aspects in relation to the new location of Eurojust. The next step is elaborating the design vision into a final design that is expected to be finished at the end of 2013. Two years later the new building will be completed.
The new Eurojust accommodation is planned on the Jan Willem Frisolaan, in the central area of the International Zone in The Hague. Offering a suitable office location for organisations like Eurojust is part of cabinet policy and fits in with the development of The Hague as International City of Peace and Justice.
On 16 April 2012, the Municipality of The Hague, the State and Eurojust will hold a meeting for residents. During this meeting, the people living in the neighbourhood will be given an explanation of the winning design vision for the building and the external area and the draft zoning plan will be discussed.
Eurojust Building The Hague images / information from Mecanoo architecten
Eurojust, The Hague, The Netherlands
As an agency of the European Union, Eurojust handles the judicial co-operation of cross-border criminal matters. Mecanoo, in collaboration with Royal Haskoning and DS Landsacpe Architects have teamed up to design the new Eurojust premises. The new complex will form a part of The Hague World Forum area of Peace, Safety and Justice. The concept of the dune landscape designed for the World Forum area will be continued across the Johan de Wittlaan. This design concept illustrates a strong connection with Eurojust’s neighbouring organisations, the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) and Europol. The atmosphere of soft slopes and grassy vegetation is designed to sit within the lush surroundings of The Hague’s ‘Green Heart’.
Inviting and Safe
The Eurojust building feels elegant, modern and spacious, while respecting the contextual urban history of the area. The building is in alignment with the orientations of the original buildings on this side of Johan de Wittlaan which simultaneously creates a landscaped public square. The square is inviting and offers views onto the main entrance of Eurojust. The tower is focused on this entrance area, the World Forum area and The Hague. The low-rise stays close to the scale of the neighbouring villas and apartment buildings. The careful integration of the building into the site is made possible by placing two levels underground where the conference facility is located. The adjacent sloping garden brings daylight into the basement levels and strengthens the identity of the green district. The landscape design incorporates the highest standards for Eurojust in a natural way by including dunes and water features.
The building architecture represents the core values of Eurojust. The light façade is composed of an alternating rhythm of open and closed composite elements which give the building a modern but timeless appearance. Glass panels alternate tilting forwards or backwards and turned left or right so that the sky as well as the surrounding dune landscape is reflected in the glass and depth is created in the façade. Inside the building, visitors are welcomed in a spacious, double height lobby with views out onto the dune garden. The foyer space has several zones which range from open and public to more private. A wide staircase with views out onto the surrounding landscape and descends to the lower floors. The water of the pond in the dune landscape is reflected in the ceiling of the lobby.
Eurojust Building The Hague – Building Information
Design: until end of 2013
Location: Jan Willem Frisolaan, 2517 Scheveningen, Den Haag
Eurojust Building The Hague images / information from Mecanoo
23 Nov 2017
photo from architects
Eurojust Den Haag
Eurojust is the EU-judicial cooperation unit dealing with cross-border crime. The new headquarters for Eurojust in the International Zone of The Hague were developed together with the Central Government Real Estate Agency, the Ministry of Justice and Security and the municipality. The twelve-storey building has more than four hundred workplaces and accommodates the national representatives of the EU Member States and three non-EU countries, supported by an administrative department.
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Architecture in Den Haag
Den Haag Architecture Designs – chronological list
Den Haag Buildings – Selection
Internationaal Dans en Muziek Centrum
Neuteling Riedijk Architects win
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Internationaal Dans en Muziek Centrum Den Haag – 10 Dec 2010
‘de Baljurk’ ‘Ballgown façade’
Eric Vreedenburgh – Archipelontwerpers
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Baljurk Den Haag
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Eurojust Building The Hague
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