The Atrium is the central space in The Hague city hall. Due to its spectacular architecture and its location in the city centre various events, concerts, lectures and exhibitions are organised in the Atrium all year round, most of which you can visit free of charge. The Town Hall of The Hague also incorporates the tourist office VVV and the public library. The building attracts approximately 8,000 visitors every day. Some come for the municipal services, the rest to see the architecture, events and exhibitions.
Architect Richard Meier The city hall was designed by the American architect Richard Meier. Meier's rationalist designs are noted for their minimalist form, choice of materials and - an important element - prominent use of the colour white. For Meier white is the symbol of spatial clarity, purity and perfection. His white is never white since it is subject to constant change through the people in the building and the forces of nature. Natural light plays an important role in the city hall. Light streams in from all sides, but mainly through the glass roof of the Atrium, and is seemingly endlessly reflected by the monastic whiteness of the interior space.
Sky-high Mondrian replica on city hall To celebrate the 2017 theme year 'Mondrian to Dutch Design', The Hague's city hall features Piet Mondrian's famous design of straight black lines and striking red, yellow and blue blocks. 2017 marks the centenary of the founding of the Dutch art movement called De Stijl (the Style), which is known for its bold horizontal and vertical lines encasing blocks of primary colours. On the occasion of the theme year Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, which has the world's largest Mondrian collection, presents several exhibitions. Other prominent buildings and locations in The Hague have also underwent a Mondrian metamorphosis.
Events and exhibitions Stichting Atrium City Hall is responsible for programming the exhibitions and events in the Atrium. Atrium Den Haag can initiate its own activities, but external parties can also organise an event in the Atrium. Atrium Den Haag aims to give visitors an impression of everything that's going on in The Hague. Because of the building's form and colour, many people in The Hague have taken to calling it the 'Ice Palace'.
Getting there The Hague's city hall is situated in the city centre, directly in front of the tram stop for lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 17, and buses 22 and 24. Train stations The Hague CS and HS are only a 10-minute walk away. The city hall is also very well accessible by car. Several parking garages in the city centre are only a short walk away from the city hall. The closest ones are: Parking Spui, Turfmarkt, Muzenplein, Veerkaden, Pleingarage, Lutherse Burgwal, Grote Markt and Parking Wijkhaven Centrum.