The new headquarters for the Netherlands Forensic Institute is located at the edge of Ypenburg, clearly visible from a spaghetti junction on the motorway between The Hague and Delft. The client wanted an eye-catching design that would represent the institute, and the architects responded with a very strong, abstract object with a slightly mysterious presence. Two-thirds of the programme is generic space (offices and laboratories for different departments), and the remainder is highly specific, including the entrance, a shooting range and conference centre. Remarkably, it is the generic part of the programme that gives the building its power.

Expressed diagrammatically, the offices and laboratories line a corridor 1,100 metres (3,609 feet) long. In the building, this corridor is folded to produce four levels arranged round six patios. The laboratories are positioned on the outer perimeter to give the building its public image, while the private offices face the internal courtyards; as one moves from courtyard to perimeter, the walls become thinner and more transparent.

To symbolise the generic nature of the programme and the fact that the building is for one institute rather than its component parts, an empty hall 70 metres (230 feet) long by 7 metres (23 feet) wide and high is located in the centre of the plan. Externally, too, departmental divisions are rendered invisible, concealed by continuous horizontal steel bands and the uniformity of the glazing. Because the cantilever of the steel bands varies according to orientation, the 'glass box' presented by the laboratories appears located between them with a subtle asymmetry.

The exterior rises out of a grassy earthwork and has a Donald Judd-like abstraction.

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