Eurojust (EU agency)

The Hague, Netherlands

Architecture, Interior, Office / Research, Government / Civic

Size: 18,000 m2
Status: Completed
Project Design: 2013
Project Realisation: 2014 - 2017
Address: Jan Willem Frisolaan, Den Haag, the Netherlands
Client: Central Government Real Estate Agency and Ministry of Security and Justice - Rijksgebouwendienst

Design Team: Mecanoo, Royal HaskoningDHV and DS landschaparchitecten.

Programme: Office building with conference facilities of 18.000 m2, excluding parking space.

The new headquarters of Eurojust, a European Union agency, forms part of The Hague World Forum, an international zone in The Hague focused on peace, justice and security. The building consists of a compact tower and a lower volume. Two basement floors containing conference facilities border the undulating dune landscape that admits daylight and provides views of the greenery.

Strict security requirements are integrated into the landscape design in a natural way whereby the dunes obstruct direct views into the basement floors and ponds form security barriers. The architecture reflects the core values of Eurojust. The light-coloured facade has an elegant, timeless appearance with an alternating rhythm of open and closed composite panels. 

Glass panels slope in different directions, reflecting the changing light and landscape. Visitors enter the low building into a spacious double-height lobby that enjoys views of the garden. A wide stairs overlooking the surrounding landscape provides access to the lower floors. The upper office floors house the national desks of all the EU member states.

Mecanoo designed the dune landscape of this area in collaboration with DS Landschapsarchitecten, lending a recognisable identity to the public space and connecting the various international organisations. This landscape concept continues across the adjacent new site of the Eurojust headquarters.

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