Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Finance, The Hague by Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten

Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten have renovated the Ministry of Finance, The Hague. The building, designed by J. Vegter and M. Bolten in 1975, is one of the best examples of the Brutalist style in the Netherlands. But it had become an anachronism, and its standards of comfort and transparency no longer met the current requirements of a modern Ministry. Now renovated, the building provides office space for 1,750 employees, spread over seven floors: two below ground, including parking and sport facilities, and five above ground, with meeting rooms, a library, offices and a restaurant. In total, the building now provides 66,000m2 of floor space. The main aim was to clearly embed the office complex within the urban fabric, and give the building a ‘heart’, a welcoming central entrance area, and a more open and transparent character. Entered via two inviting gates, one of the inner courtyard gardens has now become a part of the public domain, thus helping the building to open itself up to the city and its people.


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