Rijnstraat 8 is an imposing structure next to the central station of Den Hague. Originally designed by Jan Hoogstad as a ‘workspace of equality’ for the former Ministry of VROM, the 1992 building was introverted and quite lifeless from the outside: a rigid core connected cold atriums and five slabs with blind façades. Positioned at an urban entry point to the city, the building now defines that experience. Inside, the lobby is an eye-catcher with ambience. Congress facilities and cafés enliven the four lower levels with a sequence of public interiors. The upper levels are more private offices that have been opened up by pulling down the corridor walls and introducing comfortable, spacious, high-ceiling work areas with natural light and views out over the city.