MVRDV to design landmark towers for the Hague

Dutch architect MVRDV and developer Provast are to work on a 61,800 square metre residential project for the centre of the Hague.

The two towers, to be called Grotius I and Grotius II, will hold over 500 apartments and will be located between the National Library and a covered motorway in the vicinity of the Central Station.

They will contain a mix of social and private housing, rising above plinths, which will add shop, bars and restaurants to the Grotiushof public park.

The buildings will be covered in stone and will "evaporate" at the top with a "crown of terraces made from wood with distinct greenery visible from the distance".

Grotius I is a "long and slender volume with an elongated façade forming the wall for the Grotiushof, whereas Grotius II is a more compact.

Each apartment has extra-large windows that allow for generous views and plenty of natural light and their own private outdoor spaces. The balconies are slightly inclined inwards so that they are sheltered from the weather.

The Hague has a population of 520,000 which grows 5% each year.

The towers are named after Hugo Grotius, the 17th-century jurist and one of the original theorists of international law.

Construction is due to start in 2018.

Images courtesy of MVRDV

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