The neighborhood Hogeveld is arranged in a tight grid of orthogonal blocks on both sides of a wide tree-lined avenue. One of these blocks contains several facilities: two primary schools, a multi-functional center, a day-care center and a sports hall. The combined brief gave Mecanoo the opportunity to create an informal public space with a more freely designed ensemble within the grid. Each part of the ensemble is given a recognizable identity, set apart by situation, form and detailing, without breaking the unity of the whole. Row houses and an apartment building roughly define the rectangle?s straight border. Within the rectangle, carefully considered irregular kinks result in asymmetrical squares and cut-throughs. The facilities are distinct in their position, their location on the squares, their partial alignment with the tree-lined avenue and their materials. They also form a clearly recognizable ensemble with the use of Sahara sand-colored bricks of varying shapes and sizes.
Most of the functions are not open to public. However, you may be able to visit the sports hall.
How to get there?
Public transport: from train station Den Haag Holland Spoor (HS) take tram 16 to Wateringen. After 20 minutes, exit at Hoge Veld. From there it's a 2 minutes' walk.
By car: take the A4 to Den Haag/Delft. Take exit 12 and go right. Go straight ahead for 2,85 km and turn right at Brasiliastraat. The entrance to Panamaplein is halfway that block.