A beautiful neighborhood in the Hague district Haagse Hout, located northeast of the center of the city. Benoordenhout has over 13,000 inhabitants en over 6,500 homes. This neighborhood in The Hague was built between approx. 1925 and 1935. A part of it is a protected urban area.
The Koningskade, Raamweg, Hubertuspark, barracks and dunes north of the Waaldorpersweg, bordering Wassenaar, Haagse Bos and Malieveld border Benoordenhout.
The neighborhood Benoordenhout, bordering the neighborhood Haagse Bos, Westbroekpark and Dutteldel, Archipelbuurt and Willemspark is divided into seven neighborhood, namely:
• Van Hoytemastraat e.o.
In Benoordenhout you will find the main shopping area along the streets of Van Hoytemastraat, Breitnerlaan, Johannes Bilderstraat and Weissenbruchstraat – here, about 60 specialized shops form the shopping center of Benoordenhage.
Famous buildings in Benoordenhout
In Benoordenhout you can find the following famous buildings:
One of the first so-called residential hotels in the Netherlands, built in 1926. Back then, it was one of the most modern residential buildings in Den Haag and was given the status of “protected monument” in 1992. Wilshout was renovated in 2012.
The Red Elephant
Across the Malieveld, you will find a prominent building with red bricks in Amsterdam School style, designed by Herman de Roos and Willem Overeijnder in 1921. Originally it was built as head office for oil company Esso – it has an office area of over 10,000 square meters – and was named ‘Petrolea’. The tower, decorated with an elephant made of natural stones, is 56 meters high and had to be higher than the building of competitor Shell, which was achieved with this tower.
The last user of the Red Elephant was the law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.
The Shell complex
The headquarters of Shell is located at the Carel van Bylandtlaan, built around 1920.
Huize Boschzicht was built between 1918 and 1920 by architect W. Verschoor. It is the first residential hotel of The Hague with a restaurant, billiard room, library, meeting places and common garden.
The Nirwana flat is the first flat in The Hague, built in the style of New Objectivity in 1929, by architect Jan Duiker. The flat, included in the list of top 100 national monuments, is located on the corner of the Benoordenhoutseweg and Willem Witseplein.
Next to the Nirwana flat you will find a small building which was originally designated as garage for a car of the residents of the penthouse. Years later, it was converted to a gas station and eventually it became a beauty parlor – Beauté Totale.
Nirwana (Nirvana, English spelling) is Sanskrit and an important concept in Buddhism. It refers to the highest state that can be achieved by man. It literally means “blown out”, like a candle.
House on the bunker
A bungalow built by R. Romke de Vries on the roof of a bunker from World War II. This building is located at Ruychrocklaan 221.
The American Protestant Church of The Hague
Somewhat hidden behind the dunes lies The American Protestant Church of The Hague in Benoordenhout. This church is mainly visited by expats from about 40 different countries.