The building was designed by renowned American architect Michael Graves. It blends in sympathetically with its historic surroundings. The landscape gardens, designed by Lodewijk Baljon, complement the architecture of the building.
The museum building is essentially oblong-shaped and the design is reminiscent of the demolished Reigersbergen country estate that used to stand in this spot. It is located adjacent to the N44 road. The impressive front of the building, the square and the pond are easily recognisable as you enter The Hague.
The total floorspace is about 16,000 square metres. Much attention has been paid to detail. The universal aspect of the building, the special features, such as the pavilion at the rear, that is perfectly aligned with the Grand Canal which runs through the neighbouring Marlot district.