International Zone building projects

The International Zone is the heart of The Hague as the International City of Peace and Justice. It is the prime location for international organisations and one of The Hague’s core economic areas.

International Zone

The International Zone encompasses the area within the Landscheidingsweg to the Sportlaan and from the Statenkwartier to the Archipelbuurt/Willemspark.

The heart of the area is characterised by parks and forests, but it also includes lovely stately homes. Thanks to Madurodam and the city's many museums, the area attracts many tourists and day trippers. It is popular among the international community, and the pretty residential neighbourhoods in this part of the old city are also home to a number of embassies.

Most important projects

In order to make the area more attractive to international organisations and residents, the city is investing in extra amenities, greater security, pleasant open spaces and better transport links. The most current and important projects are listed below (information in Dutch).

    Other projects

    Temporary location for Catshuis

    The Binnenhof will be under renovation for 5.5 years. During the renovation project, staff members working at the Binnenhof will be moved to government buildings throughout the city. One of these government buildings is the Catshuis, which is located in the International Zone. The Catshuis is the official residence of the prime minister and is used for official receptions and meetings. A temporary office facility for approximately 200 ministry employees will be placed on the grounds of the Catshuis. Once the renovation of the Binnenhof is completed, the employees will return to Binnenhof and the temporary office facility on the grounds of the Catshuis will be removed.

    Extra building for Europol

    Over the last few years Europol has grown as the result of an increase in the number of its member states and the expansion of its duties. In order to meet Europol's needs, a number of employees will temporarily work in the building next to Eurojust at Jan Willem Frisolaan 13 in the International Zone.

    The building at Jan Willem Frisolaan 13 is owned by the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency (Rijksvastgoedbedrijf). The building will be prepared for temporary use and adapted for Europol. Work should begin in the autumn of 2018 and last until the end of 2020.

    More information can be found on the website of the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf.

    Spatial strategy for International Zone

    The municipality’s spatial strategy serves as the guiding principle for all the projects in the zone. This strategy outlines the city’s ambitions fort he coming years. The spatial strategy was officially approved by the Municipal Executive on 4 March 2014.

    Download the International Zone Area Development Vision and look for the other documents on the International Zone in the Raadsinformatiesysteem.

    Published: 25 November 2016Modified: 22 October 2018