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Built by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau—directed by Rudy Uytenhaak, a TU of Eindhoven’s graduate and professor at TU Delft—the Hague’s City Offices are one of the most striking city landmarks. The spacious 107,000 square-foot building is formed liked a ‘rising plane’. On the ground floor sits an information desk and the library of the municipal services; on the first floor, a restaurant and conference center; and nine dwellings make up the upper floors. With a multifaceted facade made from soft pink Norwegian marble, it features plenty of windows and translucent beams that pull natural light in.

At its grand entrance, a recycled plastic platform offers the perfect space for an office break — shade is provided by the shadow of the building. Built under the BRL 9990.2001 (equivalent to NEN-EN-ISO 9001) guidelines, it was developed around a triangular atrium that brings plenty of daylight, views to other workspaces to encourage employee relations, and a central space to meet up.

Powerful and strong, the Hague’s City Offices offer a harmonious center for citizens and the government to meet.

+ Uytenhaak Architectenbureau

Lead and last two photos © Uytenhaak Architectenbureau

Other photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat