Construction will begin in March on the Toren van Oud and surroundings. The striking triangular building from 1969, known as the first skyscraper in The Hague, will get a new lease on life as a short-stay apartment complex.
The Toren, which has been vacant since 2010, will get 38 short-stay apartments, a fitness club, and a lobby and reception desk. In addition it will get its own parking garage with 12 parking spaces.
Once the transformation is complete in mid-2011, the outdoor space around the World Forum will also be redesigned. The lower floors of the Toren will be unobtrusively incorporated into a newly-created undulating dune landscape and the promenade to the Mandela monument by Omniversum can be completed. The plans will also take extra consideration for the special security requirements for the International Zone due to the presence of many international organisations.
This private initiative will put an end to years of vacancy and dilapidation for the building.
Deputy Mayor Boudewijn Revis (Outdoor Space) said:
‘De Toren van Oud is a fantastic and special building, a well-loved and recognisable landmark in the area. The new short-stay apartments which will be built here will be a real boon for the area, given the presence of the numerous international organisations. The apartments can also make the area livelier outside of office hours.
An information meeting will be held in the second week of March for interested parties. The meeting will highlight the plans for the outdoor space.