New Babylon City Tower
The Hague Netherlands
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

1
To Tip:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).

157 m / 515 ft
2
Architectural:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

141.8 m / 465 ft
3
Occupied:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building.

138.5 m / 454 ft
Floors

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

45
Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

3
1 2 3 New Babylon City Tower Outline
Height 141.84 m / 465 ft
Floors 45
Official Name

The current legal building name.

New Babylon City Tower
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

New Babylon Tower I
Name of Complex

A complex is a group of buildings which are designed and built as pieces of a greater development.

Type

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building
Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished
Completed, 2013
Country

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

City

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Function

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

residential
Structural Material

Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

concrete
Official Website
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

Architectural
141.84 m / 465 ft
To Tip
157 m / 515 ft
Occupied
138.48 m / 454 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

45
Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

3
# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

1251
# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

5
Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

80,000 m² / 861,113 ft²
Construction Schedule
2003

Proposed

2006

Construction Start

2013

Completed

Owner/Developer
Babylon Den Haag BV; Fortress BV; SNS Property Finance BV
Architect
Structural Engineer
Corsmit Raadgevende Ingenieurs
MEP Engineer
bv Adviesburo T&H
J.P. van Eesteren; Ballast Nedam; Bouwcombinatie New Babylon vof

Elevator

Formwork

Sealants

CTBUH Awards & Distinctions

Best Tall Building Europe 2013 Award of Excellence

2013 CTBUH Awards

Videos

07 November 2013 | The Hague

This project converts a high-concept but dated design into something different, subsuming the original into a larger, more ambitious but more contextually appropriate creation. Taking...

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About New Babylon City Tower

New Babylon transforms an introverted 1970s building into a 21st-century, high-rise cityscape, integrating prime work and living space and connecting occupants with an ever-growing international community. The Babylon renovation project began with a brief to extend the existing Babylon complex at The Hague’s central railway station, as part of a broader scheme to revitalize the center of The Hague.

To take maximum advantage of the building’s structural integrity while avoiding costly and undesirable demolition work, the designers incorporated the existing structure within a two-tower high-rise complex. To meet the spatial requirements of New Babylon, the usable floor space had to be tripled to 143,500 square meters, while the footprint was to increase from 7,100 square meters to 10,500 square meters.

The towers were strategically designed to take advantage of the surrounding views, while fully conforming to local height restrictions. Visible from every corner of The Hague, New Babylon is not only easily seen, but also easily reached by both private and public transport.
Effectively, New Babylon is a “recycled building” that promotes new standards for urban development. When initially designed in the 1970s, the building was modeled on a series of stacked volumes, representing the multiple functions existing in the ancient city of Babylon. This was considered cutting-edge, but by 2000, the brown interior and introverted design was out of sync with the times. New Babylon advances this concept to create new layers of form and function, creating new space for living and working in a busy city center.

The first two levels of New Babylon accommodate shops, restaurants, and other commercial premises. Wide, light-filled passageways accessible from each of the building’s four sides guide the public through the complex. Inside the building the office floors are spatially interwoven with the lower shopping levels. The upper levels house offices and a conference center that can be reached via the sky lobby on the atrium’s second level. The atrium roof makes the height of the two residential towers visible from inside the building. Several gardens on the plinth roof complement the vertical gardens in the shopping center.

The Park Tower on the northeast side and the City Tower on the southwest side contain 335 owner-occupied and rental apartments. Featuring street-level entrance halls and a concierge service, each tower provides easy access to the atrium and shopping centre. The apartments start at level 2 and range from 90 to 280 square meters in area; each apartment has its own outdoor space in the form of a balcony or roof terrace.

Given Old Babylon’s somewhat dark and sterile appearance and imposing scale, the designers wanted to introduce a human factor. To achieve this, a new, graduated façade was designed, with each step accentuating the function of the corresponding floor. An open retail plinth merges into alternating rows of offices and apartments, whose balconies blend smoothly into the composition. By demolishing the above-ground car park and replacing it with underground parking, the redevelopment has created much-needed public space that complements the addition of living space to the complex. The open character of the facades enhances the cohesion between the plinth, with its shops and arcades, and the adjoining public spaces. Thanks to these characteristics, New Babylon integrates seamlessly with the city’s spatial design, and enhances the dynamism and vitality of its immediate surroundings.

CTBUH Awards & Distinctions

Best Tall Building Europe 2013 Award of Excellence

2013 CTBUH Awards

07 November 2013 | The Hague

This project converts a high-concept but dated design into something different, subsuming the original into a larger, more ambitious but more contextually appropriate creation. Taking...

07 November 2013 | The Hague

Roberto Meyer describes New Babylon, a Finalist for Best Tall Building Europe, as a dialogue between old and new. He discusses the integration of the...

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