Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

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Roel Bekker, Els Borst, Jaap Huisman, Wytze Patijn, Casper Postmaa
Photography by Joop van Reeken
Designed by Reynoud Homan, Robbert Zweegman
76 pp / 297 x 210 mm / hardcover
price € 27.00
ISBN 90 6450 372 9
published 1999, out of print
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Helicon and Castalia are two buildings that together constitute the new headquarters of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in the centre of The Hague. The two thousand employees have at their disposal a remarkable complex of some fifty thousand square metres a stone’s throw from Central Station. Helicon is an all-new building designed by Sjoerd Soeters. The other is a design by the American Michael Graves. He took the old Transitorium and stripped it down to the skeleton, transforming it into the twin-peaked Castalia. This towering landmark rising up 104 metres is a high-powered addition to the new skyline of The Hague.