Fans of the carefully curated Foodhallen venues will be no doubt excited about the latest location opening its doors this autumn in Den Haag. After two intensely popular food courts in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the most recent venue is located within HaagscheBluf – a hidden away area of luxury shops and contrasting architectural styles. With an interior designed by Studio Modijefsky, the brand-new hall is a vibrant space to enjoy local people and flavours.
▼北视图，North view ©Maarten Willemstei
▼广场入口区域，entrance area ©Maarten Willemstei
▼从角落看向中央酒吧，look at the central bar from the corner ©Maarten Willemstei
Wrapped around an internal courtyard of the HaagscheBluf, the food court spreads across three adjoining buildings, connecting multiple floor levels and irregular structural grids. The new design simplifies the original chaotic ‘forest’ formed of existing columns, beams and staircases, turning the dark and low interior into an open public space heavily inspired by the tradition of the greatest European piazzas. For the basis of the concept Studio Modijefsky chose seven unique elements which can be found in all the typical urban squares: landmarks, striking paving, fountains, stairs, merchant stalls, playgrounds and statues. Each of those objects has been translated into a contemporary architectural component, forming a new design language which links together the spaces forming the venue.
▼改造后的空间颜色更为鲜艳也更具活力，the color of the transformed space is brighter and more vibrant ©Maarten Willemstei
▼酒吧采用了青铜、红色大理石和陶土瓷砖材料，the bar is made of bronze, red marble and ceramic tiles ©Maarten Willemstei
▼不同尺寸和颜色的瓷砖将空间划分成多个区域，tiles of different sizes and colors divide the space into areas ©Maarten Willemstei
▼从下沉空间向中央区域看去，view from the sunken space to the central area ©Maarten Willemstei
▼每个商铺都拥有自己独特的风格，each store has its own unique style ©Maarten Willemstei
The most prominent, iconic part of the urban landscape – the landmark – is represented by a centrally positioned bar, divided into two parts. The large main bar faces the entrances, while the opposite side forms a more intimate cocktail bar. Both volumes are finished with bronze, red marble and terracotta tiles, seamlessly merging with the floor and plinths of columns. The tiles come in various sizes and colours, mixed with poured flooring, referencing paving patterns used in urban squares, differentiating or connecting different levels in space. Various floor heights have been used to their advantage, with large tiled benches raising from the ground, forming custom fixed seating arrangements.
▼顺势而建的大型平铺长凳就像为顾客定制的固定座椅，large tiled benches raising from the ground, forming custom fixed seating arrangements ©Maarten Willemstei
▼用餐区域细部，details of the dining area ©Maarten Willemstei
▼每个区域的色彩、图案与材质都搭配得当，the color of each area, design and material are tie-in proper ©Maarten Willemstei
▼大型定制楼梯结构，large custom stair structure ©Maarten Willemstei
Another structural element reinvented as a social place for people to gather on is a large staircase. Previous strictly practical stairs were replaced by a large bespoke structure – a perfect meeting point which can be used as makeshift seats and tables. Made of wood with terrazzo and mosaic tiles and visible from various points within the venue, it also invites people to explore the upstairs bar. Throughout the space each corner has been thoughtfully considered and turned into the best possible party spot, offering endless opportunities for both large groups and more private gatherings. Even the smallest room of the whole interior has been turned into a playground mimicking skateboarding half-pipe – a space which can double as a dance floor.
▼楼梯细部，details of the staircase ©Maarten Willemstei
▼装有青铜饰面材料的柱子最具雕塑感，columns with bronze finishes are the most sculptural ©Maarten Willemstei
Statues, as symbols of the historical past, are represented by structural columns. Their shapes and finishes differ depending on their position within the space. Columns surrounding the bar are the most sculptural, finished with bronze facing material. Chosen supporting walls clad in dark blue tiles, combined with integrated light elements, plants and oxidised copper are an abstract representation of fountains, bringing colour into the interior. Remaining columns are clad in brass, yet another material taken from the tradition of the Mediterranean piazzas.
▼被深蓝色瓷砖覆盖的支撑墙与整体空间的轻量元素、植物和氧化铜材料相结合，为室内增添了色彩，chosen supporting walls clad in dark blue tiles, combined with integrated light elements, plants and oxidised copper bringing colour into the interior ©Maarten Willemstei
The final symbolic element of the interior: the food stalls, representing traditional merchant’s stalls, are located on the ground floor of the building. Placed on the outskirts of the open space, 12 stalls come in three different sizes and unique graphic identities, chosen by the vendors themselves. This posed a significant challenge of creating clear design guidelines for the stalls’ owners – rules which would not restrain the creativity of each brand, but at the same time result in a wholesome interior in its own right. The overall space must be a blank canvas for The Hague’s street food scene, while remaining a signature Foodhallen venue full of unique character.
▼顺势而建的临时座位区域，a temporary seating area ©Maarten Willemstei
▼区域细部，details ©Maarten Willemstei
▼柔软的木质家具和绿色植物缓解了硬质材料和线条带来的僵硬感，soft wood furniture and greenery ease the stiffness of hard materials and lines ©Maarten Willemstei
▼更加明亮、更有条理感的二层空间，brighter, more organized second floor space ©Maarten Willemstei
▼由石灰石、绿松石、氧化铜和浅色水磨石台面制成的酒吧，a bar made of limestone, turquoise, copper oxide and light-colored terrazzo countertops ©Maarten Willemstei
In comparison with the bustling ground floor, the upper level of Foodhallen has a slightly brighter and more organised feel. Here the landmark is a bold fountain bar made of travertine stone, turquoise oxidised copper and light-coloured terrazzo top. Strong vertical lines make the space optically taller, while the combination of mirrors and light imitates water running down the back bar. The floor of the upstairs space is made of wooden planks forming a geometrical pattern, once again merging into elevated custom seating elements. Existing structural elements such as wall piers are highlighted and celebrated by becoming a part of an abstract wall composition made of diverse lights, panels and finishes.
▼酒吧细部，details of the bar ©Maarten Willemstei
Contemporary features such as striking brass chandelier spreading above the bar and clear lines of the LED lights placed on the undersides of the beams add a dynamic graphic layer to the interior. Their stark rhythm, interrupted by a square layer of structural beams, emphasizes central position of the bar within the space. Hard materials and lines are alleviated by a warmer layer of loose wooden furniture and green plants.
▼几何木质地板与定制座位，geometric wood flooring with custom seating ©Maarten Willemstei
By using graphic lines, clear material palette and conceptual symbols, Studio Modijefsky has created the perfect modern indoor piazza. A versatile and inviting urban landscape filled with quirky features, perfect for any occasion. While Foodhallen concept prides itself on celebrating cuisines and flavours, it’s the new vibrant, intricate interior which will keep you returning.
▼其他细部，other details ©Maarten Willemstei
▼一层平面，the first floor plan ©Studio Modijefsky
▼二层平面，the second floor plan ©Studio Modijefsky
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Program: food court, bar & event space
Status: realised October 2019
Size: 1256 sq.m.
ground floor: 825 sq.m.
first floor: 288 sq.m.
terrace: 143 sq.m.
Design: Studio Modijefsky; Esther Stam, Natalia Nikolopoulou, Zahra Rajaei, Nancy Katri, Christel Willers, MaiteMargalho
Photography: Maarten Willemstei