Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
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 Bam- berg, Steffen Winkler, Carlatta Giacomin
Area: 24,000 sqm
Photographs: Jan Bitter
The Anna van Bueren square serves as the lobby for AvB Tower, within which a hybrid program will be realized that can be seen as an extension of the commuter-leisure concept. The first five floors will accommodate the lobby, shops, restaurants, offices, a lecture hall, and library, where the ‘academic-dweller’ finds a communicative atmosphere.
The 400 spacious ‘guest-rooms’ will function as studios with floor-to-ceiling sliding yellow-tinted glass panels, providing views to the square, the skyline of The Hague, and the North Sea beyond. Visual contact with the urban outdoor space enables a unique university studio-living experience. The hybrid program of the steel tower, located next to The Hague’s Central Station at the intersection of the urban envelope and square, was designed with a sculptural silhouette, which the gleaming glass and aluminum façade reinforce – thus encouraging ‘interiority’.