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Souterrain Tram Tunnel

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OMA - Rem Koolhaas
location Den Haag
function tram station, tunnel, underground parking
contributed by Naomi

Urban plans to make The Hague denser (space to expand is only found inside the city, since it’s confined by sea, highway and neighbouring cities) ánd minimize traffic on street level has urged the municipality to go underground. The city had a long and difficult process developing this multistory 1250 m long underground tunnel with two stops for trams combined with 500 parking spaces. The construction floor was leaking and damaged the surroundings. So the whole tunnel was entirely flooded to keep surrounding buildings form collapsing. It got several nicknames ‘tramtanic’ and ‘swimtunnel’. Construction could only be finished under high pressure air to prevent the water to enter. After 4 years of delay, costs largely exceeded budget (130 million euro) and the Dutch government started asking questions. When finished and all ‘problems’ left behind, the project won several prizes. It definitely proved architecture can have a positive effect when applied to the rigor of transport pragmatism.

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One of OMA's finest works? Definitely the most interesting and beautiful tram-stop. As always OMA has turned the circulation/routing into an event.
Amsterdam, Netherlands 01-Feb-12
Naomi says:
Thanks GPS, I've checked the costs, and you are right: is was 234.000.000,- euros, as quoted from the Wikipedia Page on the 'Haagse Tramtunnel', as is is called in Dutch.
Amsterdam, Netherlands 21-Apr-09
GPS says:
250 million? unlikely...
Naomi says:
He Matthijs, please post in English!
Amsterdam, Netherlands 19-Apr-07
Matthijs says:
Den Haag, Netherlands 19-Apr-07
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Souterrain Tram Tunnel
Grote Marktstraat 11
Project is public!
How to get there? In between Spui and Grote Markt Straat are several underground stations. Please be aware that you need a valid transportation ticket and that photography is not permitted in the stations.
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Completion 10- 2004
Floor area/size 28000 m2
Cost € 234000000,-
ArchitectOMA - Rem Koolhaas
contractorBallast Nedam
structural engineerS.A.T. Construction Corp.
Client Den Haag Municipality
Project ID 351
Latitude/Longitude 52°04'33N 04°18'36E
Contributed by Naomi
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