Provinciehuis, the headquarters of the regional government of South Holland, lies just outside the historic core of the city on a prominent corner site at the Zuid-Hollandlaan and Konigskade junction overlooking the renowned Malieveld Park.
The commission was won through an international competition involving twenty-five contenders. Our redevelopment strategy redressed the legacy of the post-war era. The original Provincieuhius was a distinguished 1960s building, but later extensions were less successful. We retained what was worthwhile, removed a failed 1970s block, and added new construction drawing inspiration from the Amsterdam school tradition of fusing tradition and modernity. Of our design solution for Provinciehuis World Architecture proclaimed: “In creating both a landmark and a new urban public space, [the architect] has made something unique out of an unexceptional brief”.
A bold and sinuous new 24,000sqm building addresses the prominent road junction and forms a protective wall to a new civic square which lies behind. A prominent cantilevered corner gives the project a strong urban presence. The multiple curves of the building’s form increase the office space while adhering to the client’s requirement for a shallow plan. The resultant narrow floorplates allows ample natural light into the offices.
The design recreates, as a central courtyard garden, a lost and much loved Zoo garden, which formerly stood on the site. Known as the Zuid-Hollandplein, this space invites the public in at three corners, emphasising the civic focus and openness of the Provinciehuis. A new ground floor restaurant that opens onto the plaza. A wall of cascading water along the northern perimeter provides a buffer zone against the traffic noise and serves as a unifying element to the existing building and its extension.
A project of
Kohn Pedersen Fox (International) PA
in which the following people at PLP Architecture were involved: Lee Polisano was partner-in-charge; David Leventhal, design partner; Ron Bakker, project architect; Kevin Flanagan, senior designer; Neil Merryweather, head model maker.