Architects: Claus en Kaan Architecten
Location: The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
Project Team: Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Allard Assies, Henri van Bennekom, Valéry Didelon, Gabriella Fiorentini, Michael Geensen, Artsje Hijlkema, Carl de Leeuw, Eric van Noord, Hannes Ochmann, Björn Scharwei, Kartsen Schellmat, Heidi Serbruyns, Kim Sneyders, Pasquale Talerico, Thierry Voellinger, Martin Zwinggi
Client: The Government Buildings Agency
Area: 28,500 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters
From the architect. Located on the outskirts of Ypenburg in The Hague, the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) has a total of four floors, one of which is hidden in an embankment. The building is a glass volume encased in an openwork steel box that acts as solar shading. To ensure optimal solar shading on all sides of the building, the steel and glass boxes are slightly out of alignment.
Stacked beside the entrance are the auditorium, library and conference centre. Directly behind the entrance is a long hall measuring 70 x 7 x7 metres. To left and right of this hall are three patios lined by cellular offices. The outermost zone of the building contains the laboratories, separated from one another by relocatable dividing walls.
The columnar structure is concealed in these walls: between lab and corridor it takes the form of built-in cupboards; between the labs themselves the columns disappear in thick walls from which height-adjustable workbenches project.