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Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport

Castalia

Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport

Creating identity and vitality in an aging district.


We joined several local and international architects to transform the underutilized de Resident district into a vibrant neighborhood of residences and office buildings. Our project gut renovated and re-clad a debilitated 19-story building from the 1950s for the Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport. It is the most visible symbol of the renewal and a landmark in the city.

Humanistic scale.


While re-cladding an old building was the most obvious positive result, our two low-scaled annexes — one creating a courtyard and the other completing the street wall — activated public spaces for all users. Using traditional Dutch architecture elements helped us reconcile the small scale of low-rise housing with the new office towers and created a more humanistic and inviting neighborhood.

Project Details

Professional Credits:

Associate Architect – Arcadis

Location:

The Hague, Netherlands

Size:

314,000 SF

Completion Date:

1998 building

2000 interiors

Awards

FIABCI, Prix d’Excellence for best development in the world 2003

Friends of The Hague Citation for Obvious Improvement to the City 1998

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