The Hague authorities approve plans for city’s tallest high-rise towers

3 August 2022
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The Hague


Mecanoo design residential development providing 1400 new homes

The Hague Municipal Council has approved the construction of residential development The Grace, designed by Tendersteam member Mecanoo. The Grace will become the tallest high-rise ensemble in the city, consisting of two towers 150m and 180m tall. The development is designed to satisfy the growing demand for affordable housing while fostering a sense of community, providing over 1,400 social, medium, and free-sector rental properties, together with a wide range of communal facilities.

The iconic two-tower ensemble sits on a seven-storey plinth, with the overall development designed to create a harmonious composition with subtle variations in open and closed facade elements, transparent and round corners, materialisation and colour.  Residents can enjoy a view of the city and, beyond that, the sea. The plinth features commercial functions, a restaurant and work spaces 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.

The plinth opens to the Schipperskwartier neighbourhood and a new waterfront park along the Trekvliet canal, offering a raised green roof garden that creates space for the resident community. A transparent lobby is the lively heart of the complex, offering 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 intended to be an extension of the living space for residents to meet or find a place to work and study. The community is further enhanced by shared courtyards, a communal kitchen, sports facilities, and a cinema. In addition, the building supports an emerging sustainable subculture, providing residents with shared bicycles and electric cars. 

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

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