The former Maison de Bonneterie department store on the Gravenstraat is the winner of The Hague’s Monument Award 2016.
Residents of The Hague could again this year determine which monument earned this prize. The other nominees were the former Ypenburg airfield complex on the ILSY-plantsoen and the former ‘Nederlandsch Sportpark’ on the Theresiastraat.
Since 2012 the Municipality of The Hague has been placing exceptional restoration projects or alternations to monuments in the limelight by awarding a prize for the most successful project. The theme of The Hague Monument Award 2016 is ‘new use’: giving an existing building another use to prevent it from becoming vacant or being torn down. City residents had until the end of 2016 to decide which project deserved the prize:
- The former high-end fashion department store Maison de Bonneterie (built 1913) at Gravenstraat 2. Redeveloped in partnership with Maison de Bonneterie family into a Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) flagship store.
- The former Ypenburg airfield (built 1935-1937) at ILSY-plantsoen 1, 3 en 5. Redeveloped by BOEI into a multi-tenant office building.
- The former Nederlandsch Sportpark (built 1896-1897) at Theresiastraat 145. Originally built as a sport complex, later used as a stable and car dealership. Then used again as a fitness club. Redeveloped by Wildschut Planontwikkeling into a Hoogvliet supermarket.
The winning monument, the former high-end fashion store Maison de Bonneterie, was designed by architect Alphons Jacot in 1913. In 2014 the store closed its doors in The Hague. The building kept its purpose as a clothing store as a branch store of the H&M chain.