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MINISTRY OF HOUSING
J. HOOGSTAD, 1986-1992, Rijnstraat 8, Den Haag
Ministerie van VROM / Ministry of Housing ( J. Hoogstad )
© 2006 Rook & Nagelkerke

ARCHITECT(URAL OFFICE):
Jan Hoogstad

BUILDING TYPE:
Office buildings
Government buildings

This was the first large office building in the Netherlands to exploit the physical and spatial properties of the atrium. It is in fact a traditional comb-shaped office block where the gaps between the ‘teeth’ have been fully glazed to create huge ‘conservatories’ whose climate can be regulated by glass sliding roofs. This means that the office windows overlooking these zones can be opened - a state of affairs which would have been impossible for a conventional office situated here amidst the din of traffic.