K2 studenttorens in Laakhaven Den Haag met horizontaal en verticaal gestreepte gevels een loopbrug van het Mondriaan College en een weg

recognizable façade image

Student towers Laakhaven

Two 70-meter high residential towers for students will be built on the west side of Hollands Spoor station in The Hague. We have realized these towers in collaboration with Architect’s agency K2. The towers form part of the Laakhaven Centraal development, which also incorporates a ROC and a few Megastores.

Photography: Ben Aarts

Function:
Two towers with 602 student units. Area plan with 150 parking places

Client:
DUWO Foundation, NS Vastgoed

Location:
The Hague

"The façade stripes are extended into the pavement, seating elements and plants so that there is a strong cohesion between buildings and environment."

Tower 1 contains 270 independent student rooms, while Tower 2 offers room for 332 rooms with shared facilities per four students. The rooms can easily be converted at a later stage into 156 owner-occupied apartments for starters.

The problem of the high noise level of the location has been turned into an opportunity by using the necessary measures as special elements. These are for example the double corridor in tower 1, loggias in tower 2 and grid elements in the façades. Because different (visual) noise measures have been taken in both buildings, and the underlying housing types have been taken into account and the almost similar towers are not identical. Dividing the façades into vertical strips, allows the horizontal lines to stagger in the façade to create a recognizable façade image in which the stacking of individual houses is subordinate to the emphasis on the towers as a whole.

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