MIXD architecture & art

1646 Den Haag

Artist initiative & project space

Municipality of The Hague, OCW Buildings
Design up to and including construction management

This empty shop in the Boekhorststraat, The Hague, built in 1646, was already a place where academy students and artists could make and show their work. However, the building had become dilapidated due to decades of overdue maintenance.

In 2005 MIXD and In Situ architects approached independent owner OCW Panden CV, a temporary management construction with buildings in a dilapidated portfolio from the legacy of 'Woningbeheer NV'. It was decided to jointly accept the renovation assignment. An exhibition space, meeting function and artists (guest) studios with an office formed the programme of requirements.

The relatively shallow building was extended by 18 metres with an extension at the rear. The height of this building volume was maximized. Double use of floor space could thus be realised for an office on top of the sanitary block and a guest studio above the rear part of the exhibition space. In between, the exhibition space was given its full height. Daylight openings run strategically from wall level to roof level.

The facade of the extension is clad with wood from discarded cable reels. The new fa├žade contains minimalist detailing that reinforces the deliberate sculpturality of the rubber frame that envelops the shop window. 1646 has since become a household name in the cultural scene of The Hague and beyond.

Floor plans and cross-sections
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In Situ architects (Iris de Kievith)
Delta X (installation advice)
Bureau Corsmit (construction advice)
Thijsse Bouw (contractor)

Robert Jan Verhagen

This project has been co-financed by the EU.

  • 00 front facade
  • 00 view from middle to back
  • 01 view from back to front
  • 02 view from front to back
  • 03 roof of new annex
  • detail
  • detail of condens basin
  • project 27
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