KAAN Architecten will design the new courthouse in Amsterdam, the biggest in the Netherlands in terms of both the number of cases processed and the number of daily visitors.
The New Amsterdam Courthouse will completely replace the old courthouse building, which will be demolished before the start of work, scheduled for next year. Construction is due to be completed in 2020.
The architects designed a massive open structure with broad views over the city and its surroundings, which will at the same time allow passers-by to interact with the architecture, conveying the basic message that justice is a public affair. The building will express this message with big windows on the ground floor and a layout that blends into the city. The foyer and visitor waiting areas will form an extension of public space, while judges, clerks and other representatives of justice will use their own private hallways.
The plan incorporates numerous green areas, including “traditional” gardens and vertical gardens in the offices as well a large patio with 50 workstations on it.
architects: KAAN Architecten (Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio)
project team: Ana Rivero Esteban, Beatrice Bagnara, Dennis Bruijn, Sebastiaan Buitenhuis, Marten Dashorst, Sebastian van Damme, Cecilia Dobos, Paolo Faleschini, Raluca Firicel, Narine Gyulkhasyan, Moritz Kühl, Marco Lanna, Yinghao Lin, Marija Mateljan, Kevin Park
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Images courtesy of KAAN Architecten