Postpark The Hague
DELVA presents the Postpark: a new piece of nature for people and animals in the HS Quarter The Hague.
The grand transformation of the monumental Station Post building and the realization of the new, adjacent Post Park are the first step of the urban redevelopment HS Quarter in The Hague.
Densification as a means of greening and sustainability
In addition to densification, the area development is focused on greening and creating a pleasant living environment for people and animals. The renewed layout of the public space will include attractive new walking and cycling routes and the introduction of innovative mobility concepts. The viaduct on Waldorpstraat will be demolished and the stony city street will be transformed into a green, climate-adaptive boulevard.
Five new towers around Hollands Spoor station will house the program and enrich The Hague’s skyline. The staggered position of the volumes creates a varied streetscape with lively open spaces at and just above ground level. The stepped volumes provide space for accessible green roof gardens and allow the ground level to flow over into an interesting and active roof landscape. The buildings connect to the human scale and at the same time interesting and feasible greenery is added. On the Laakhaven side of Hollands Spoor station a beautiful, green city entrance is created that feels like a linear city park. The future station square is the heart of the new park.
A sprawling, stony parking lot on one of The Hague’s busiest streets has now made way for DELVA’s Postpark, a new park with a high biodiversity value and a new attractive place for people and animals. By planting a large number of trees, we have adjusted the scale of the park to human scale. Visitors are guests in the greenery, with the buildings placed in the background.
The trees are largely indigenous species, such as mooses, hornbeams and rowan trees, and have been planted in a variety of shapes and sizes. The herb layer has a mainly natural appearance with plant species selected for their leaf structure. This creates a rich and diverse palette of different perennials that provide a nice combination of greenery and leaf structures.
Nature makes a powerful gesture and is given the space to take up its role within the urban context. Water infiltration and a diverse mix of greenery make this piece of the city more climate proof. Already, on summer days, the Post Park is a place that is five degrees cooler than its context.
Photography: Sebastian van Damme
Visualization skyline (image 9): WAX Architectural Visualizations