On Saturday March 12th, alderman for City Development, Housing, Sustainability and Culture of The Hague, Joris Wijsmuller, performed the opening ceremony for the transformation of the former Shell-office block ath the Oostduinlaan 75.
The large-scale building will undergo a cepezed-designed conversion into the apartment complex Park Hoog Oostduin, which will comprise the 18-storey Hoge Duin (High Dune) and the 8-storey new building block Lage Duin (Low Dune). In the project of Pinnacle Property Developers, a total of 238 rented and owner-occupied apartments and 262 underground parking places will be realized.
In his opening speech, alderman Wijsmuller praised the high ambitions in this project for which an exemplary approach was chosen. Expeditiously and in good dialogue with the surrounding neighbourhood, a plan has been developed with no concerns towards the planning application, which is unique for a project of this magnitude and on a sensitive location like this. The transformation of the former office building into a housing complex contributes to accomplishing the considerable housing task The Hague faces at this moment.
In addition, the design is sustainable, with a BREEAM-Very Good ranking and a high degree of re-use of building materials; 85% of the removed demolition materials will be recycled. Above that the framework of the high-rise, the cellars and the parking garage will be reused in the new complex.
The sixty-meter long Karel Appel tableau, which formerly adorned the now demolished lower building, will find a new place on the façade of the refurbished high-rise.