One of the largest bicycle parking garages in the Netherlands is being built underneath the Koningin Julianaplein in The Hague, right in front of the central station. In collaboration with Studio Marsman, Silo has developed a location-specific spatial concept that enhances comfort and safety for the thousands of daily users.
Trains and bicycles are inextricably linked in the Netherlands. On average, 40 percent of travelers come to the station by bike. At some stations, this is even 70 percent. A good connection between the two transport modes is an essential link for the urban mobility network. With space for over 8,500 bicycles, the Municipality of The Hague offers a service-oriented and future-proof solution.
Find your bike
A lack of daylight and views of the surroundings hinder the orientation in an underground space, especially where there is a repetitive layout. The image quality plan for the bicycle parking garage at Koningin Julianaplein aims to greatly improve the user experience. The integrated application of light and identity offers an almost museum-like experience, makes the facility seem more spacious, and supports the intuitive orientation. So at the end of the day, it will be easier to find your bike again.
The past, present and future architecture of The Hague forms the basis for one continuous image on the entire light wall that encloses the parking facility. Facade elements of iconic buildings are subtly woven together into a 1,040 square meter large urban landscape, reminiscent of the work of Dutch graphic artist Escher. When you cycle past it, you experience the skyline of the city in one smooth movement. When you have more time, you can discover the individual referenced buildings.
The design quotes historic buildings such as the Ridderzaal, the Peace Palace, and the Gemeentemuseum; projects by esteemed architects such as Richard Meier, Bernard Tschumi, Hans Kollhoff, Cesar Pelli, KPF, Kraaijvanger, Rudy Uytenhaak, Benthem Crouwel Architects, MVSA, Zwarts & Jansma Architects, and OD205; and projects under construction by Powerhouse Company, Jo Coenen and NOAHH.
Completion and opening
The bicycle parking garage will be completed at the end of 2019. The opening will take place after the first floors of the above-ground buildings have been completed. Together, the residential towers, commercial spaces, lively square, and underground parking facility will dramatically improve the public space and provide an inviting city entrance.