MINISTRY OF FINANCE - THE HAGUE
The existing building of the Ministry of Finance, dating from the early 70’s, did not satisfy the current functional and comfort requirements and was in a bad physical condition. These included; non-insolated facade-profiles, thermal bridges, continuous structures from inside to outside, old installations.
The design process of this project involved a study into the useful aspects of the existing building (concrete-structure), the additions required (such as a large atrium) and finding solutions to the technical problems of the existing building.
One of the new additions was the new atrium roof off 45m x 45m, made from steel arches crossing in two directions. It is designed as a closed structural system with an internal tension ring to limit the forces on the existing building.
as employee of Arup: structural designer and engineer of the atrium roof
renovation of the 1970s office building, offices, restaurant, sports facilities, library, public conference centre, reception, gardens, bar, car park, bicycle garage.
gross surface: ca. 66,000 m²
date of commission: 2004
location: The Hague
client : Safire
architect : Meyer en Van Schooten Architects (MVSA)
structural engineering: Arup
installations engineering: Arup