Atelier PRO was set up in 1976, and is an architectural firm in The Hague where a team of professionals is actively engaged with architecture, urban development, interior design and building and costs management. Our home base is a special dune garden in the Archipelbuurt in The Hague. This location reflects who we are, as it represents how much we value the genius loci. From the very beginning, a contextual approach to architecture has been our motive, and it still is. Starting from these principles, atelier PRO creates surprising and pioneering architecture with a strong social engagement. This was the foundation of our name: PRO = Plan, Ruimte, Ontwikkeling (plan, space, development).
For us, the quality of a residential environment forms the basis for people to be able to develop themselves. Therefore, it is no coincidence that a major part of our portfolio consists of social property. Our view on education and health care has been translated into various schools, multifunctional accommodations and health care institutions. Furthermore, cultural and public buildings such as theatres and cultural centres also form part of it.
Our involvement to improve the social environment is also converted into a great interest in and affinity with renovation and re-use. Recognizing and using the unnoticed beauty of existing buildings, often yields surprising designs. We highly value the historic stratification of the built environment and we ask ourselves: what qualities can we maintain and use to create surplus value.
We try to look into the future, for example by investigating any possible contribution of architecture and urban development to a sustainable residential environment. Therefore, ongoing development of knowledge and skills plays a major role for our office. For instance, what will the clean city of the future look like? With what sort of new materials can we design environmental friendly facades? For us, such issues are topical. Our curiosity and spirit of enterprise become manifest in items such as high sustainability scores, trend-setting strategies for educational buildings and successful office layouts for The New World of Work.