Designs of Visitor Centre of the Peace Palace presented
News item | 26-02-2010
The architectural model and the designs of the future Visitor Centre were officially presented on the 25th of february in the Small Courtroom of the Peace Palace.
The architectural model and the designs of the future gatehouse on the grounds of the Peace Palace were officially presented by the chairman of the Carnegie Foundation mr Bernard Bot and alderman mr Frits Huffnagel.
This new building will have three primary functions: a security check for officials and visitors, an exhibition gallery with information about the Peace Palace history and activities and an assembly point and souvenir shop for tourist groups.
The building is designed by Michael Wilford, a well-known British architect, who also designed the much larger Academy and Library building which is also located on the Peace Palace grounds. Michael Wilford: “The architectural language of the Visitor Centre mirrors the form and material of the recently completed Library and Academy Hall. It is part of a trilogy of building elements that not only use red brick and slate grey metal to respect the monument status of the Palace but also provide their own individual identity looking to the future.”
This project has been made possible by Kansen voor West, The Muncipality of The Hague, Fonds voor de Vrijheid en Veteranenzorg, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken and the Carnegie Foundation.
The architectural scale model of the Visitor Centre has been made by Frans Postma of Postma & Partners.