The Binckhorst is a dynamic area in The Hague with a broad mix of industrial functions, city-bound activity, startups and creative economy. The area offers a lot of potential for the nessecary densification of the city and to enrich the urban fabric of The Hague with new residential and working environments.
The project serves as a contribution to the omgevingsplan Binckhorst and the vision for the city’s skyline and eye-line. It should also give structure to the future developments in the different areas and in assessing and advising initiatives in the Binckhorst.
The Binckhorst features different identities, different scales of buildings, spaces and special places. To ensure this diversity and to strengthen it in the future for each area a different programmatic profile and spatial character has been defined. These characters build on existing identities in the different quarters. We see in the Binckhorst seven different areas:
1 – Urban Heart & Industrial Park
Covers the area between the northern embankment, Mercuriusweg and Binckhorstlaan – largely the gasworks site. An important area to link theg Binckhorst to the Central Innovation District (CID) and downtown. A place within walking distance of all three stations. Here lies the potential for the construction of the Binckhorst Park; an industrial event park à la Westergasfabriek with significance for the whole city (region). This results in a mixed environment with headquarters for innovative companies and downtown urban living around the park.
2 Gateway to the city
The Gateway to the city is an urban hub and marks the transition from the Binckhorst to the city center around the intersection of infrastructure such as rail, Binckhorstlaan and the Velostrada (bike highway).This creates a concentration of urban functions and attractive slow traffic to HS, CS and Laan van NOI.
3 – Oosterpark Edge
The area east of the Industrial Park. A mixed urban area can occur here.
4 – Manufacturing village
The place for startups, creatives, circular economy and studios. The area around the building and NHTM building provides affordable space for young creative companies and studio apartments near workplaces. In public spaces arise informal places for interaction and small-scale events.
5 – Saturn quarter & Binck docks
Here established companies grow to high end firms of the design economy. Transformation of industrial buildings to creative labs mixed with new apartment buildings.
6 – Living on the water
The Trekvliet Zone is a diverse area with homes for families along the green banks of the Trekvliet and mixed urban environment along Binck strip and along the Binckhorst Avenue.
7- Binckhorst Avenue
Binckhorst Avenue is a connecting urban zone along the urban axis. It forms a dense welcoming gesture as the new city entrance of The Hague.
The elaborated typologies are based on the principle of ‘urban plinth plus building’, which creates a qualitative basis for multifaceted variations within the different areas. The plinth defines the surrounding public space and makes a clear distinction between public and (semi) private space possible. Different solutions for design and programmatic content of the plinth – front setbacks, height, various programs active fronts, integrated parking and a wide range of housing typologies – ensuring a diversity and a recognition of the areas from eye level in the public space.
This structure allows a diverse urbanity within the Binckhorst. The new building responds to existing qualities in the area. and form the basis for the Binckhorst as attractive development, establishment and residential area.