Montessori School Waalsdorp / De Zwarte Hond

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Architects: De Zwarte Hond
Location: Utenbroekestraat 6, 2597 PH ,
Developer: Bouwonderneming Stout B.V., Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands
Area: 2480.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: ScagliolaBrakkee

“Zilverzijde” Social Housing / Atelier Kempe Thill

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Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
Location: The Hague,
Design Team: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, Teun van der Meulen, Rafael Alencar Saraiva, Marcel Geerdink, Anja Mueller, Peter Graf, Stefanie Diwischek, Andris Rubenis, David van Eck
Area: 9,132 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ulrich Schwarz

The Dutch Royal Picture Gallery at The Hague to Reopen Following Extensive Renovation

Courtesy of Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image © Ronald Tilleman

The Mauritshuis, a Dutch 17th century city palace in The Hague, will reopen this week following a large scale renovation and extension designed by Hans van Heeswijk with servicing and fire engineering undertaken by Arup. Similar to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which reopened after a ten year restoration and remodelling in 2013, the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery exhibits one of the finest collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings including Johannes Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring. Alongside a large scale renovation, Hans van Heeswijk have also extended the with new exhibition spaces, an auditorium and educational spaces.

Kavel K / Carve

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Location: The Hague, The
Carve Team: Elger Blitz, Mark van der Eng, Thomas Tiel Groenestege, Emma Kaul, Thijs van der Zouwen, Hannah Schubert
Area: 1650.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marleen Beek

KAAN Tapped to Transform Heritage Site into Dutch Think Tank


government officials have named KAAN Architecten’s design for the Facilicom Consortium PPS B30 as winner of the PPP contract for the Bezuidenhoutseweg 30 project. Originally built in 1917 for the Department of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, KAAN is expected to transform the existing National Heritage Site facilities into a vibrant and open “modern day think tank” for the Dutch government.

Netherlands Forensic Institute / Claus en Kaan Architecten

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Architects: Claus en Kaan Architecten
Location: , South , 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

AvB Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Rob Willemse, Joost Körver, Raymond van Sabben, Thorsten Schneider, Jelle Homburg, Jochem Homminga
Collaborators: Janosch Welzien, Ramon Alverez Roa, Martin Tessarz, Tobias Bamberg, Steffen Winkler, Carlatta Giacomin, Itziar Quiros
Client: Anna van Buerenplein BV
Owner: Green College Court BV
Occupant: University of Leiden
Interior: Studio RTM
Consultants: DGMR Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, Wessels Zeist BV
Area: 24500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jan Bitter

BarentsKrans / Hofman Dujardin Architects

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Architects: Hofman Dujardin Architects
Location: The Hague, The
Project Team: Michiel Hofman, Barbara Dujardin, Bo Winnubst, Pieter Mulder, Nicola Placella, Stan Flohr and Jeroen Semeijn
Project Management: CBRE
Area: 5,200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Matthijs van Roon

Software Engineers Map All the Buildings in the Netherlands

Aerial of Amsterdam. Image Courtesy of

The Waag Society, together with designer and software engineer Bert Spaan, have put the Netherlands back on the map – the data map. After several months of coding and design, the partnership has managed to account for all 9,866,539 buildings in the country, visualized in varying colors to identify old and new buildings. After a user clicks on a specific block, additional building and city information displays square footages, addresses, populations and programs, among other stats. Users can navigate from Amsterdam to the Hague experiencing hundreds of years of urban development along the way, from the pre-1800s to post-2005 buildings, indicated by the red to blue gradient. 

Why is Cycling Part of Being Dutch?

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Did you know that there are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands? And, up to 70% of all commutes are made by bike in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague. To accommodate such a huge number of bike-enthusiasts, bike parking facilities can be found everywhere – outside schools, office buildings and shops. Not to mention the fact that many Dutch cities even have special bike paths that are completely segregated from motorized traffic with signs that read “Bike Street: Cars are guests.” Read this BBC article to learn why the Dutch are so bike crazy and find out Why Cycle Cities Are the Future here on ArchDaily.

Haagsche Zwaan / ZZDP Architecten

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Architects: ZZDP Architecten
Location: Den Haag, The
Architect In Charge: Joris Deur, Adam Smit
Design Team: Ramon Gianotten, Danny Honhoff
Area: 27,500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Michel Kievits

House of Joyce & Jeroen / Personal Architecture

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Architects: Personal Architecture BNA
Location: ,
Area: 225 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: René de Wit

Island House / 2by4-architects

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Architects: 2by4-architects
Location: Loosdrechtse , The
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Van Schaik
Area: 32 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of 2by4-architects

In Progress: AvB Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: ,
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
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Atelier Anton Corbjin / Bos Alkemade Architecten

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Architects: Bos Alkemade Architecten
Location: Den Haag,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Herman H. van Doorn

IkHa / Oatmeal Studio

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Architects: Oatmeal Studio
Location: ,
Design Team: Annika Syrjämäki, Rosa Dalle Vedove
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nadine Stijns

Primary School The Hague / Rocha Tombal Architects

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Architects: Rocha Tombal Architects – Ana Rocha, Michel Tombal
Location: ,
Client: Stichting Haagse Scholen
Collaborators: Iwona Wozniakowska, Elena Cabrera Vacas
Igor Lopez de Uralde, Volker Goldstein, Enrique Otero Neira, Bettina Herb, Enrique Abad Monllor
Constructor: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Delft
Contractor: Vink Bouw, Nieuwkoop
Area: 965 sqm
Completion: June 2011
Costs Exclusive Installations and BTW: € 969.370
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocha Tombal Architects

The Hague Municipal Office / Rudy Uytenhaak

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Architects: Rudy Uytenhaak
Location: The Hague,
Client: The Hague City Council
Area: 32,600 sqm
Contractor: BAM
Completion: April 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Rudy Uytenhaak