The four towers will rise from a horizontal plinth whose length and design will largely determine the street’s character. The plinth’s façade will be of glass and plant-covered wooden slats, lending it an inviting and environmentally friendly appearance.
The three towers will comprise 22 storeys apiece, each accommodating eight apartments measuring 50m2to 70m2. However, the topmost storey of the first two towers will depart from this format, and consist instead of four large penthouses. The fourth building, the 44-metre-high block, will comprise 12 storeys, each accommodating 18 small apartments measuring between 20m2and 50m2. Bike and car parking facilities will be integrated into the lower floors but concealed behind the façade and the 3,000m2of commercial space provided for the accommodation of the sort of businesses required by Waldorp Four residents, such as a bicycle repair shop, a bakery and restaurants.
The four towers will be linked by three four-storey blocks offering a mix of workspaces and apartments. The transparency of the buildings’ glass skin and the way the buildings open directly onto the street will create a direct link between life inside and outside the complex, thus contributing to the vibrancy of life in the shops, restaurants, diners and studios that line the boulevard. The effect will give this tricky site, wedged as it is between the train tracks and a busy road, a completely new character while lending it the inviting atmosphere familiar to long-time residents of The Hague.