(2012 – 2015)

Large-scale renovation project in which the Dutch Ministries of Healthcare and Social Affairs are brought together in one building in The Hague, the Resident.


RijksVastgoedBedrijf (RVB)

My Task

projectleader / projectarchitect at cepezed


Completed may 2015


As the IWA (integral working architect) cepezed leads the multidisciplinary design team, including cepezed, Hofman Dujardin Architects and engineers Antea Group, which handles the refurbishment of the office complex De Resident in The Hague. The complex includes the buildings Castalia and Helicon, respectively twenty and fourteen floors. The total floor area measures 55.000 m2. After the renovation, the complex houses the ministries of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and Social Affairs (Social Affairs).

The redesign is mainly focused on enabling different contemporary office concepts and providing a combined entrance for both ministries. The upper floors are being refurbished into offices for flexible working.The lower floors offer features with a general character as meeting places and meeting rooms. The outdoor area between the buildings two Helicon and Castalia, the current Parnassusplein, gets a roof and thus becomes the joint, semi-public entrance area for both ministries, including a public cafe, a reception and waiting area. Cepezed is responsible for the design of this new atrium (approximatly 2.000 m2).

As project manager / architect I guided the design process from inception to completion. I was responsible for the internal team of architects at cepezed and the total designteam, and furthermore for alignment with client and user, contract formation, planning and finance. Under my direction, the design for the atrium was developed into a market-ready design specification. On behalf of the client, I have reviewed the building submissions and then worked with the selected contractor on the implementation of the design.