Ministry of Finance, The Hague

  • Winner of the Dutch PPP Awards 2011.
  • Complex building physics calculations helped to improve the building’s performance.
  • Efficient heating and cooling provided by long-term energy storage (LTES).

Modern standards of comfort

The refurbishment of the Ministry of Finance building in The Hague was amongst the first and largest private finance initiative (PFI) projects in the Netherlands. Supporting the Safire Consortium, Arup helped to bring the 1970s structure up to modern standards of comfort and performance.

The firm provided services including climate concept, structural engineering, and fire engineering. The design also required complex building physics calculations.

Groundbreaking project

Judged being a groundbreaking project, this renovation became the overall winner of the Dutch PPP Awards 2011. According to the jury:

"It's a successful reuse of an existing building. The architecture is beautiful, without denying what was already there. The building has been opened up towards the city, making it lively on a spot which formerly was a quiet and dull area”.


  • Minstry of Finance, The Hague. Credit Jeroen Musch.Open gallery

    The design team’s solution was to create an extra façade around the building.