HOUSE FOR DEMOCRACY & JUSTICE

An institution to educate and activate participation in Dutch politics.



The living room. The entrance hall as welcome and introduction to the program.
A diagrammatic visualisation of assignment interpretation
The method of approach used to be able to reach a diverse audience and activate their interests.
A montage of landscapes
The design / model
Section & urban situation
Auditorium and exihibition space. Interaction & propoganda.
Be a politician. The educational program, allowing for the visitor to participate in activities simulating the real deal.
Be a politician. The educational program, allowing for the visitor to participate in activities simulating the real deal.
The office spaces. The bachstage, floors through which the visitor is travelled but isn't allowed to enter.
The political cafe.
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public building / bsc6
the hague, the netherlands location
5500 m2 size
museum, education function



The institute developed to inform the Dutch citizen about the local political and justice system, House for Democracy and Justice, was researching the possibility for new stay. The institute hopes to achieve a higher stimulance in interest amongst the citizens to further on develop a stronger identification with Dutch democracy. They feel that the average interest or knowledge on this topic is low amongst the younger population in particular. Additional reasons involve the citizens' involvement in the governmental activities. This institute's approach aims to reduce the gap between politicians and citizens and hopes to re-activate the public debate.

The assignment concerns a wide range of users. It's function does not only relate to the citizens in The Hague, the planned location for the design, but a wider range; all citizens of The Netherlands and foreigners, such as tourists. Therefore the information displayed needs to be accessible for a large audience and it needs to be displayed to appeal a wide range of interests.

The design displays the concept of stacking a variety of landscapes. The landscapes have been determined by the program as well as the motivation to create a high degree of publicness. To allow for a wide variety of users the design allows for a large diversity of experiences. The route and interior design take the visitor through the program of the institute for democracy and justice.