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City Hall & Central Library

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Richard Meier
location Den Haag
function library, office
contributed by Naomi

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.

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City Hall & Central Library
Spui 68
Project is public!
Opening hours 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:
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).
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Completion 1995
Floor area/size 131000 m2
Cost € 125000000,-
ArchitectRichard Meier
Client City of Den Haag
Project ID 674
Latitude/Longitude 52°04'39N 04°18'55E
Contributed by Naomi
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