Steel Ball Dress – Den Haag
Archipelontwerpers created a design for the renovation of eight shops in the historic centre of The Hague. The street formed an exception to the generally beautifully-renovated centre of the city: the dilapidated houses over the shops were lying empty and many of the buildings had been boarded up; the public space was neglected. The client, property developer Geste, wanted something that would give the neighbourhood a boost. The façades of the buildings were restored, and behind them, new homes were built, accessible from an elevated terrace. There is a large shopping area underground.
The metal mesh folds itself smoothly around the corner of this façade in the old centre of The Hague. The renovation is part of a larger project in which adjacent nineteenth century façades are also being renovated. The nickname Baljurk (ball gown) is a reference to the shape and the elegant appearance.
The steel bronze-coated mesh is connected with Quattro knots to the bent steel elliptical sections. The see-through mesh reduces the amount of direct sunlight in the interior. The glass fins make the façade very transparent, so that, from inside too, much attention is drawn to the steel mesh.
Van Rijsoort Buigwerk supplied the 3D-shaped tubes for this project.