Atrium City Hall: room for art

The Atrium is the central meeting place in The Hague City Hall, where cultural, educational, social and commercial activities are organised for residents and visitors. The Atrium City Hall foundation is responsible for organising these different activities in the Atrium.

Activities in Atrium City Hall

See the Facebook events page for Atrium City Hall.

City Ball in the Atrium
City Ball in the Atrium

Opening hours of Atrium The Hague

Expositions in City Hall can be visited daily, except for on Sunday and public holidays.
Monday to Friday 7.00 to 19.00 hrs.
Thursday 7.00 to 21.30 hrs.
Saturday 9.30 to 17.00 hrs.
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Atrium City Hall foundation

The Atrium City Hall foundation has been organising various activities in the Atrium since The Hague City Hall was opened in 1995. It does this at its own initiative, but external parties can also organise an event or exhibition in the Atrium. Atrium City Hall aims to give visitors an impression of everything that’s going on in The Hague and beyond.

Atrium, space for many transformations

If an architect designs a busy public space in immaculate white, the idea has to be that the people who use the space give it colour. The Atrium in The Hague City Hall is a unique location which the municipal government and the architect Richard Meier together decided would become an active meeting place. Open, welcoming and dynamic.

This idea is still being honoured. From the first moment you encounter the many people who use the building on a daily basis or visit an exhibition or event, it becomes clear that the Atrium is a spot which effortlessly undergoes many colourful transformations and contributes towards the city's vitality. A concert on the 11 floors, a floating fashion show above the municipal counters or a large banquet dinner after office hours: the Atrium is open to diverse and challenging ideas.

Facebook and brochure

For a good visual impression of the activities in the Atrium, please visit our Facebook page. If you would like to receive our corporate brochure, please send an email to with your name and address. Or view the online version of the brochure.

Ice Palace

Dance performance at the Atrium
Dance performance at the Atrium

The Atrium is the central hall in The Hague City Hall, which was designed by the American architect Richard Meier. Because of the building’s form and colour, many people in The Hague have taken to calling it the ‘Ice Palace’.

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 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.

The Atrium (4,500 square metres) is the heart of the building in terms of both design and use. Here you’ll find the municipal counters, such as the reception desk, public service desks, social affairs and the city district office for the Centrum district.

      Published: 10 April 2017Modified: 11 May 2017