The municipality of The Hague commissioned SteenhuisMeurs to draw up a cultural historical analysis of the intended location for Eurojust – in the middle of the central area of the International Zone in The Hague - and the surrounding area along Johan de Wittlaan, opposite Congresgebouw (World Forum).
The analysis captures four phases in 350 years of construction and planning history in this area. The history of the location has been linked to the key moments in municipal spatial policy. The result is a directive on the cultural heritage value of this area, expressed in a valuation map. The next step was to consider the scope of the area in a physical sense, with an analysis of the typology of the existing buildings, the greenery, the size and scale, and policy-oriented: the rules arising from the protected cityscape and the national monument Sorghvliet, including Catshuis. The report concludes with five recommendations, prescribing from a cultural heritage perspective how the new development for Eurojust and the surrounding safety zone can be optimally linked with the urban context.