Mecanoo designs the future tallest skyscraper in The Hague, Netherlands

Mecanoo designs the future tallest skyscraper in The Hague, Netherlands

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has unveiled the design for what will soon become the tallest high-rise complex in the city of The Hague, Netherlands. Dubbed “The Grace”, the project consists of two towers, one 150 meters high and the other 180 meters, becoming the tallest high-rise complex in the city. The residential project comes in response to the growing demand for affordable housing, while fostering an increased sense of community.

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With over 1400 social, medium and free rental properties and a wide range of communal facilities, The Grace meets the need for affordable and scalable housing. As the population of The Hague is expected to grow significantly over the next twenty years, from 525,000 to over 625,000, the municipality is encouraging the densification of the city center within the Central Innovation District (CID), an area triangular bounded by the three stations of the city.

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The two-tower ensemble will rest on a seven-storey plinth, forming a harmonious composition with subtle variations in open and closed facade elements, transparent and round corners, materialization and color palette. The plinth includes commercial spaces, such as a restaurant and workspaces on the ground floor, while its upper levels house accommodation, offices and common facilities. Archways are added on all sides of the complex to provide protection from wind and rain, and to create sheltered places for pedestrians and visitors. The plinth opens onto the Schipperskwartier district and the new riverside park along the Trekvliet canal in the form of an elevated green garden, providing community members with vibrant public spaces.


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A “transparent” lobby serves as the heart of the complex, providing residents with spaces to work and gather, a welcome desk for visitors, and a glimpse of activities in the surrounding coworking spaces. The sense of community is further enhanced by shared courtyards and rooftop gardens, a communal kitchen, sports facilities, movie theater, shared bicycles and electric cars.

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The Grace is built in Rijswijkseweg and overlooks the Trekvliet canal, which will be transformed into a riverside park for pedestrians and cyclists in the coming years. In addition to the towers, the Velostrada cycle highway is also being built and will connect The Hague with surrounding towns.

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Movement Real Estate and the Van Deursen Group have taken the initiative to develop two residential towers with Mecanoo in one of these CID priority areas, near Hollands Spoor station and the center of The Hague. The project will be carried out between 2022 and 2025, with the assistance of ARUP as structural engineer, installations consultant and building physics consultant.

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