Grote Marktstraat 37-53
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DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN
The architecture of the Sijthoff building ensures it can rightfully be considered a new landmark in The Hague’s skyline. The Sijthoff building derives its identity from contemporary interpretation of the classic lines and curves of warehouse architecture in the same street. It therefore fits in well among the existing surrounding buildings. It has a high transparent retail plinth, a striking exterior finish and is decorated with twelve bronze storks, each 5m high, which appear to be carrying the building on their backs. An architectural reference to the creatures who have been symbols of The Hague for hundreds of years.
QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Quality and sustainability were highly influential factors in the development and realisation of the Sijthoff building. It has an inner courtyard with atrium, is designed for energy efficiency, fitted with a closed heating and cooling system and offers flexibility in the way the space can be divided. All this has contributed to Sijthoff being awarded a “very good” BREEAM-NL sustainability development rating.
The ground floor consists of shops, the entrance to the offices, technical rooms, delivery access and bicycle parking, which is to the rear of the building. More shopping space is to be found on the first floor. The 3rd to the 6th floors will be used as office space, with the atrium courtyard on the 3rd floor. The Sijthoff building offers a total of approximately 4,500m2 shopping space over two floors and around 6,650m2 office space over four floors.
The ground and first floors can be partitioned into different units, with different sizes as required. The office portion of the building contains cores that house the staircase and lifts. These are situated in a way that allows each floor to be partitioned into separate wings.