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The Gown / Archipelontwerpers

  • 01:00 - 2 February, 2011
The Gown / Archipelontwerpers
The Gown / Archipelontwerpers

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  • Architects

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  • Architect in Charge

    Eric Vreedenburgh
  • Project Team

    Coen Bouwmeester, Jaap Baselmans, Arjan Mulder, Niels Groeneveld
  • Project Year


From the architect. The ‘Baljurk-project” (baljurk = evening-dress, ball gown) is situated in the centre of The Hague, next to the old Passage. The construction of the Passage in 1882 has transformed the urban tissue. Before this transformation there used to be a meandering transition between the two streets “Kettingstraat” and the “Achterom”, cause by the fact that the “Achterom” used to be a modest stream. This organic flow is unique in the context of The Hague’s rectangular lay-out. By consequence of the construction of the Passage this smooth transition was converted into a straight angle. The Baljurk-project is exactly placed on this corner.

This part of the city (like every historical part of the city) contains heterogeneous collections of different architectural styles and typologies. Quite unique (for a Calvinistic culture like the Dutch one) are the presence of some art nouveau buildings in the environment.

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For the last two decades the urban opportunities of this place has not been noticed. The streets and alleys became one of the most desolate parts of the centre of The Hague: blind and armoured windows, graffiti on the historical walls and the smell of a fusion bouquet of weed and urine. In a word; this was “the backside” of the Dutch royal residence.

The plan for the Baljurk is a component of the integrated revitalisation of this neighbourhood. Our plan contains eight historical plots. Behind these facades we designed eight special houses, build on an elevated level. Under this level we planned shopping space.

We restored seven of the eight facades as a souvenir of the urban tissue before 1880, as a homage to the context we designed the new front. From the understanding that cities are changing continuously; we translated the once existing historical art nouveau facades into a contemporary fragment of liquid architecture.

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Jessica Kienle · February 18, 2012

I love buildings that don&#39t look like buildings. check out the glass &metal work on this one

damien · February 17, 2012

nothing like gehrys, get a grip people, we look to the future building on a lineage of architecture

Pierre · October 02, 2013 08:38 PM

TOTAL Gehry rip off! Open your eyes

Bruno Bellomo · August 12, 2011

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John · February 03, 2011

"Urban tissue"?

Erik Stekelenburg · February 05, 2011 07:45 PM

Urban Tissue ;-)
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up_today_arch · February 03, 2011

I like this kind of forms... It is not Gehry style, this is the movement, and Gehry just brightest star there...

DEZIGN · February 03, 2011

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M. · February 03, 2011

Indeed, looks familiar...

Nathalie Bou · February 03, 2011

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brady · February 03, 2011

blerg is the word that comes to mind.

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pero · February 03, 2011

mabey it looks a lil bit the same, so what? stepin that way - we shouldn't build those white-box neo-modernistic architecture because it was already designed in japan... even if it looks similiar i still like it, wish to see buildings like this one in my country:/

Victor Barbalato · February 03, 2011

Thought the exact same thing!

Sandeep · February 03, 2011


doesn't the front facade look like Gehrys Dancing House in Prague !

just an observation !


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