De Monarch I The Hague [NL]

'De Monarch I' is a renovated and extended inner city office building of the 1960’s, located on the so-called Monarch location within the Beatrixkwartier (Beatrix quarter) in The Hague. The Monarch area is a new central business district development at the entrance of the city, located at the highway A12, close to central station and two other railway stations. Monarch I comprises of 18.000 m2 office space on 16 storeys and two underground parking levels for 180 cars. It is used by CAK (Centraal Administratie Kantoor), the central administration office for the Dutch health sector.

Within the masterplan for this area by Spanish architect Joan Busquets, all buildings are perpendicular to the highway and to Princes Beatrixlaan, the central access road. Monarch I, since it is an existing structure, remains its different orientation, not conform to the new urban layout.

The existing building has been stripped down to its mere structure, has been slightly extended and wrapped with a new façade. With its horizontality and increased transparency the aluminum façade interprets its predecessor and the surrounding modernist buildings in a contemporary way and re-integrates the building in the modern business area.

The new façade does not only fulfill the latest sustainable standards, it integrates nearly all installations such as ventilation, electricity, sun protection etc. Beginning of 2012, the project was awarded with the extra prize ‘Facades and Roofs’ of the Benelux Aluminum Award 2011. In 2011 it received the BREEAM-NL Nieuwbouw 2010 v2.0 certificate with the qualification Excellent.

Client Provast, The Hague
Program Renovation of 18.000 m2 office building, underground parking garage for 180 parking spaces, design of public space
Time 2010 – 2012
Role Architect