Rijnstraat 8, Den Haag
PUBLICATIONS:Architectuur Bouwen 1986-12, 1992-8; Bouw 1987-17, 1990-9, 1992-20; de Architect 1992-11; Archis 1993-3; P. Groenendijk - Een transparant ministerie, 1988; Jaarboek 1992-1993; J. Rutten - Ministerie van VROM, 1993; R. Dettingmeijer - Jan Hoogstad, architect, 1996
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.