City Hall and Library--page 1 (of 3 pages)

Richard Meier

"The White Palace" (sometimes called the "Ice Palace")

This 13-floor building, clad in white porcelain-enamelled metal panels (the color is Meier's signature), is the civic heart of the refurbished city center. The structure is built on a wedge-shaped site at a length of about 800 feet. It includes local civic offices, a council chamber, a city wedding room, a central public library and a some shopping spaces on the first floor.

The rounded northwestern end

The central library has its own entrance and is located at the extreme northwestern corner.

Plaza and entrance at the western end of the site


The main library with its concentric semi-circular plan located at the extreme northwestern corner


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See other post-modern buildings in The Hague: Pelli's Zurichtoren, Rob Krier's Muzentoren, Graves' Castalia, and Kohn Pedersen Fox's Hoftoren.

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