The Dutch government has awarded a $366m contract to renovate the former headquarters of its Ministry of the Environment to a consortium led by BAM. When the work is completed it will house the ministries of foreign affairs, infrastructure and the environment.
The building, which is known as Rijnstraat 8, is located in the Hague. It was designed in 1993 by Jan Hoogstad and will be redesigned by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
The design brings greater transparency and opens the building up to the adjacent public space– Office for Metropolitan Architecture
OMA says it has collaborated with Hoogstad to arrive at a new plan for the interior of the building. OMA said: "The design brings greater transparency and opens the building up to the adjacent public space. Solid walls are replaced with glazing whilst public pathways are given greater definition, further connecting the building to the city."
Work will be carried out under a public-private partnership contract that will last for 25 years. When completed in 2016, the building will be managed by Integrated Service Solutions.