On the southwestern tip of the Binckhorst district in The Hague, along the Trekvliet canal and the borders of Voorburg and Rijswijk, lies the former SDU-terrain. A robust office building of 7 to 9 floors and an expanse of factory halls lend the location an industrial feel that harmonizes with the wider Binckhorst area. This industrial feel inspired the development of an alluring residential and business location: bold, contemporary, robust and generous.
Binck Eiland (‘Binck Island’) is a project to redevelop 8.000 m2 of office space and 10.000 m2 of industrial space (the former SDU-complex), to shape a multi-functional area where living and working are closely intertwined. It is the first large scale redevelopment in the Binckhorst, a new urban district of The Hague. The redevelopment of Binck Eiland is fully focused on the creation of sustainable living environments. On several levels, this ambition has been integrated into the design of the buildings and the area. For example, the large industrial halls are reused elsewhere in the country, and their foundations have been repurposed for the new build. Furthermore, the area will become much greener: it will have eleven times more planting than before.
For the landscaping and functioning of the area, surrounding developments and characteristics are picked up on and integrated into Binck Eiland’s distinct identity. Four main influences determine this identity:
The landscaping of Binck Eiland invites people to spend their time. The quayside is purposefully designed for walking on summer evenings in the late sunshine and for sitting down with neighbours to catch up. The edge of the quay is shaped as a stairway, to comfortably sit on. The head of the island is richly planted and provides many leisure opportunities, such as a café terrace and a long ledge to sit on in the evening sun. On three sides of the building block, close to the houses, street furniture has been placed, to enable residents to sit among the planting. Between this furnished strip and the houses, a broad pavement has been realised, inviting intensive use. Along the walls of the houses, residents can place their own garden bench, flower pots and accessories in a display strip.
Title: Binck Eiland
Location: Den Haag, NL
Size: 2 hectare
Client: Local (Local, BPD, VORM)
Duration: Design 2015, execution 2019
Type: Sketch and final design
Image credits: BoschSlabbers, VORM
Project code: HS 15-21