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Architectural study of the Het Strijkijzer building in The Hague, Netherlands.
Het Strijkijzer (English: The clothing iron) is a residential and office skyscraper in The Hague, Netherlands. It is 132 metres with 42 floors and is the second tallest building in the city. In 2007 the building was awarded the Hague New City Prize and the international Emporis Skyscraper Award, with Emporis citing "its elegant reinterpretation of classic high-rise architecture, its contextual approach to a limited site, and its efficient program for accommodating new entrants to the housing market." Inspired by the Flatiron Building in New York City, its name is the Dutch word for the ironing appliance.
Het Strijkijzer was topped off in March 2007. In June 2007 the building was capped with a crown which was mentioned in the local news shortly after installation because in high winds it emitted a high-pitched whistling sound. Hoftoren and Prinsenhof Tower in The Hague have also had such problems because of the nature of their tops. In the short term, the problem has been alleviated by affixing 380 plywood sheets to the crown. A visually more pleasing, permanent solution to replace this temporary measure is being sought.
The building contains 51 luxury flats, accessible by a separate lift, and 300 studio flats for young people.
Het Strijkijzer is unusual in that it stands on a site measuring only 30 by 35 m. There is a panoramic terrace on the 41st floor, which is accessible from the ground floor via a dedicated lift. From the terrace, one can see the ships on the North Sea.
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November 3rd, 2011
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