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Mecanoo unveils design for two gridal residential towers in the Hague

Netherlands Architecture News - Apr 16, 2019 - 01:09   2146 views

Mecanoo unveils design for two gridal residential towers in the Hague

Dutch architecture studio Mecanoo has unveiled a pair of towers for the city of The Hague, Netherlands, the two towers will be realised at Rijswijkseweg near the city centre and overlook the Trekvliet canal, which will be transformed into a waterfront park for pedestrians and cyclists in the coming years. 

Named The Grace, the ensemble of two residential towers, one reaching 150 and the other reaching 180 meters, on a seven-storey plinth with 1500 dwellings, composed of 30% social housing, 20% mid-range housing and 50% free-sector rental properties. 

The tower will also include a wide range of communal facilities, 6,000-square-metre offices, 2,500-square-metre commercial functions, bicycle storage with shared bicycles and 50 shared cars.

Mecanoo unveils design for two gridal residential towers in the Hague

In the area, the Velostrada bicycle highway is also being built, and will connect The Hague with the surrounding municipalities. The Grace project will link the Binckhorst and Laakhavens neighbourhoods with the city-centre, and its combination of living and working spaces connects (starting) entrepreneurs with residents. 

Mecanoo unveils design for two gridal residential towers in the Hague

"The residential concept is based on the growing demand for affordable housing and fostering a sense of community. With over 1500 social, medium and free-sector rental properties and a wide range of communal facilities, The Grace addresses this need," said Mecanoo. 

"The population of The Hague will grow considerably in the next twenty years from 525,000 residents to over 625,000. To meet this challenge, the municipality is encouraging inner-city densification within the Central Innovation District (CID), a triangular area bound by the city’s three train stations. Densification will begin in three priority zones within the CID," added the firm.

These zones are clustered around the train stations, in accordance with the guidelines presented in the city’s 2018 high-rise report “Eyeline Skyline”. 

Movement Real Estate and the Van Deursen Group have taken the initiative to develop two residential towers with Mecanoo architecten within one of these CID priority zones, a stone's throw from Hollands Spoor Station and the centre of The Hague.

Mecanoo unveils design for two gridal residential towers in the Hague

Described as "graceful icon" by Mecanoo, the buildings form a harmonious composition with subtle variations in open and closed facade elements, transparent and solid corners, materialisation and colour. Residents can enjoy a view of the city and, beyond that, of the sea. 

The plinth will feature commercial functions, a restaurant and offices on the ground floor, while its upper levels contain housing, offices and communal facilities. Arcades on either side of the complex offer protection against wind and rain, and create sheltered places for restaurant customers and shoppers.

Mecanoo unveils design for two gridal residential towers in the Hague

The plinth opens to the Schipperskwartier neighbourhood and the new Trekvlietpark in the form of a raised green roof garden that offers space to the resident community for all kinds of activities. A transparent lobby forms the lively heart of the complex. It offers work and gathering areas for residents, a reception desk for visitors, and an overview of the activities in the surrounding co-working spaces. 

The lobby is, in fact, an extended home. Users or visitors can meet each other, or find a place to work or study. The community is further enhanced by shared courtyards and roof gardens, a communal kitchen, sports facilities, and a movie theatre. 

In addition, the building supports an emerging sustainable subculture, providing residents with shared bicycles and electric cars. The Grace offers attractive communal facilities that connect residents, making it a unique place to live.

Mecanoo unveils design for two gridal residential towers in the Hague

Project facts

Programme: Ensemble of two residential towers of 150 and 180 meters on a seven-storey plinth with 1500 dwellings, composed of 30% social housing, 20% mid-range housing and 50% free-sector rental properties, as well as a wide range of communal facilities, 6,000 m2of offices, 2,500 m2of commercial functions, bicycle storage with shared bicycles and 50 shared cars.

Design: 2018-2019

Client: Movement Real Estate and Van Deursen Group

Architect: Mecanoo architecten, Delft

Structural engineer, installations consultant and building physics consultant: Arup, Amsterdam

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