MVRDV - Grotius Towers

Grotius Towers

At the currently undeveloped Grotiusplaats, developer Provast is creating two residential towers together with MVRDV: Grotius I and Grotius II. The towers will be recognizable from afar thanks to their crowning feature, a three-dimensional landscape of terraces and greenery, with a design based on the orientation of the sun and the view of the city centre and the sea.

The towers are constructed as ‘typical’ Hague towers, according to the high-rise vision developed by the municipality of The Hague and adopted in 2016: High-rise from The Hague: Eyeline and Skyline. The towers will be recognizable from afar thanks to their crowning feature, a three-dimensional landscape of terraces and greenery, with a design based on the orientation of the sun and the view of the city centre and the sea. “The two towers are, as it were, ‘broken’ to create a series of roof terraces, which together form a human neighbourhood,” says Maas. “You can pass coffee or tea to the neighbours, so to speak. Residents will soon have fantastic views from the tenth floor over the sea to the north and Rotterdam to the south. The Grotius Towers represent a makeover of the station quarter.”
The middle part of each tower has a high-quality natural stone façade with large windows to give residents an optimal view of the city. The colour of the stone gradually shifts over the lower layers from a fresh beige shade to a darker, anthracite shade, so that the towers "land softly" at street level. This soft landing forms the "basis" of the towers. This is an excellent opportunity to densify the city, breathing new life into an underused neighbourhood with towers that will change the skyline of The Hague.

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