In Transvaal district in The Hague the lower section of an entrance gate to a housing estate from 1923 has been preserved. Housing corporation Staedion organized a competition for repurposing this architectural fragment. Important aspects of the competition were to create a realistic user profile and make future use of the building financially feasible.
In collaboration with a project developer a sustainable building with optimum flexibility was developed. The frame of the structure is well-suited for businesses, apartments in combination with work spaces, student accommodation, artist studios, or a combination of these functions. In the two 5,5 m high rooms additional floors can be added. The building is developed in close cooperation with its future users.
By applying the same colour schemes, materials and ornaments, the historic fragment and the new structure melt together forming a new unity. At the same time, the extended volume has a powerful sculptural quality which highlights the special function of the edifice and its exceptional position in the neighbourhood.