Municipal Office LeywegEdit profile
The most sustainable municipal building in The Hague will soon be open for business. Deputy Mayor Marnix Norder (Urban Development, Public Housing and Integration) presented the building on 20 April together with architect Rudy Uytenhaak.
The Leyweg City Office, the second city hall of The Hague, symbolises the large-scale renewal operation for The Hague Zuidwest (Southwest). ‘We have confidence in the neighbourhood and that’s why we’ve invest in it,’ explained Norder. The City Office should provide a boost for this pre-war neighbourhood and a beautiful icon for the area.
The City Office should also boost the neighbourhood’s economy. As the municipal office has no canteen, the municipality is encouraging staff members to do their shopping and buy their lunch in area businesses. The City Office will serve as a meeting spot for the neighbourhood with a number of public functions. A large branch of The Hague Public Library with a special children’s and youth section will acquaint Escamp residents with what’s going on the neighbourhood and city. The public space around the City Office will be redesigned, creating a connection between Wateringse Veld and the Leyweg shopping centre.Sustainability as basis
The basis for the construction of the Leyweg City Office is sustainability, sparingly and consciously using materials and sources of energy. An example of how the building uses the latest energy-saving techniques is the thermal energy storage in deep wells 250 metres below the ground. The hot or cold air can then be pumped up as needed.
The 18-story City Office (more than 75 metres high) is seen as the second city hall of The Hague. The building will house the sub-municipal office for Escamp, various municipal services, a large library branch and 49 apartments. The first municipal employees moved on 3 May and the rest are due to follow in the rest of May and June.
The building is open to the public as of 12 May once the sub-municipal office has moved. The library will be open as of 6 June. There will be an Open House organised for the public on Saturday, 18 June.