OMA renew the Rijnstraat 8, in The Hague

OMA renew the Rijnstraat 8, in The Hague
[The Hague] The Netherlands
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New Rijnstraat 8, by OMA. Image © Poortcentraal, OMA, BAM
OMA, working with BAN and ISS as the consortium PoortCentral, has been selected to transform Rijnstraat 8. The contract was signed in The Hague on Monday 2 June. The new building design, initiated by the Dutch Government, will host the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Infrastructure and Environment, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service and the COA. The new concept has been developed in collaboration with Jan Hoogstad, the architect who did the original design.

The ministry building, Rijnstraat 8 project, was originally designed by Jan Hoogstad in the 1980’s. The design for the transformation of the building is made by OMA. OMA developed an integrated concept in collaboration with Jan Hoogstad. It strengthens the existing architectural qualities, transforming the existing building into a modern and comfortable environment and opening the building to the public space. The base of the building will be transparent, public routes will be given a new dimension and the building will be re-connected to the city.

The design was developed in collaboration with Ector Hoogstad Architects, Wessel de Jonge Architects, YNNO, DGMR, ARUP, BAM Advies & Engineering and Valstar Simonis.

According to the schedule, the property will be completed in late 2016 and in 2017 several organisations will move in to the renovated building, namely: the ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service and the COA (central organisation for the reception of asylum seekers).

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