Richard Meier's design was chosen for this civic center by the public as a representation of the people. The City Hall and Central Library is easily spotted due to its enormous size and unmistakable Richard Meier palette - white, and only white.
Another distinguishable trait of the building is the large open atrium space. The building complex houses the council chamber, marriage hall, public library, municipal offices, leased offices, and some shops on the street level. There are benches inside the atrium space for people to sit around. The atrium space has a glass roof that was carefully designed to allow sunlight in but at the same time to control the temperature of the space.
The wedge shape of the site dictates the general shape of the building. Other existing grids in the surrounding city block dictated the location of features inside the building. It employs a vertical surface has a strong grid system throughout, while keeping the structure itself very simplistic. With the absence of color, the building appears very simple and has a very bright interior.
The City Hall and Central Library is part of the redevelopment program for that particular part of the city center. Nearby this building, there are many more new structures established or in progress as part of this redevelopment program.
Address & contact
Spui 70 2511 BT The Hague
Telephone: 14 070 (the special 5-digit telephone number for the municipality)
Postbus 12 600
2500 DJ The Hague
Opening hours for the reception desk
The reception desk in City Hall is open:
* Monday to Friday from 7.30 to 16.30 hrs.
* Thursday from 7.30 to 20.00 hrs. (evening hours)
City Hall is accessible to people in a wheelchair.