In the heart of the 12 storey complex is the 50m high internal atrium: one of the largest indoor public spaces in Europe known as the Citizens Hall. All local municipal offices, central and public desk-facilities are grouped around the atrium. The elements of this mega-facility are combined with a semi-independent rental office building at its north-eastern end and extensive shopping frontage throughout the ground floor. The central library has its own entrance and is located at the extreme northwestern corner, where its dynamic form imparts a strong character to the principal plaza. Inside and out, the structure is clad in white, porcelain-enamelled metal panels, measuring 85 by 180 cm. Subsequently, the whole building is set up by a multiple of 45 cm. The glass roof of the atrium is supported by free-spanning laminated timber trusses incorporating sunscreens, maintenance walkways, and light fixtures. The inhabitants of The Hague have nicknamed it: the ice-palace.
The atrium of the city hall is open for the public during office hours. For more information on opening hours of the library, check the website of the public library: http://www.bibliotheekdenhaag.nl/
How to get there?
You can walk to the Spui from train station HS within 10 min. The trams 1 ans 16 stop at Spui-Stadhuis or Centrum. Tram 9 and 15 stop at Spui-Stadhuis or stop at Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis. Tram 2, 3 and 6 (stop Spui), Bus 22 and 24 (stop Spui-Stadhuis).