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KAAN Architecten's Winning Design for an Amsterdam Courthouse "Exudes Openness"

KAAN Architecten's Winning Design for an Amsterdam Courthouse "Exudes Openness"
KAAN Architecten's Winning Design for an Amsterdam Courthouse "Exudes Openness", Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten
Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten

KAAN Architecten has won the commission to design the New Amsterdam Courthouse. The new building will replace the current judicial complex at the intersection of Zuidas and Parnassusweg, which is slated for demolition. The Courthouse of Amsterdam is the largest in the Netherlands and handles 150,000 cases a year with a staff of 200 judges and 800 professionals. KAAN Architecten describes the building's design as both "stately" and "distinguished," stating that the intention was to create a facility that understands justice as an open process, and thus incorporates ways for the public to engage with the Courthouse.

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Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten
Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten

In order to foster this sense of openness, the ground floor will be visible through large windows and allow for public access to a variety of spaces including a courtyard. Adding to this sense of engagement, the interior layouts are designed to merge with the street conditions outside, generating a forecourt, central hall with foyers, and waiting areas, that are an extension of the urban fabric. However, the architects clarify that users will also find that the building can be immensely private, with sheltered areas and screened-off routes for judges, clerks, and ministerial representatives.

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In total, the building with host 50 courtrooms and council chambers, all with natural light. A large ground floor courtroom will host larger cases that attract more visitors, and will have a dedicated point of access as to not disturb the ongoing proceedings of the other courtrooms.

Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten
Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten

The Courthouse will also incorporate several gardens and landscapes, including an enclosed space on the ground floor, vertical gardens climbing through building offices, and on the building’s western face, a sunken landscape providing daylight to a basement level.

Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten
Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten

During the demolition of the existing court structure, workers will be moved to satellite facilities in the neighborhood. The new building is scheduled for completion in 2020.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Parnassusweg 218, 1076 AV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    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
  • Contractor

    consortium NACH: Macquarie Capital, ABT, DVP, KAAN Architecten, Heijmans, M.J. de Nijs & Zonen, Facilicom
  • Advisor Construction

    ABT
  • Advisor Technical Installations

    ABT
  • Advisor Fire Control and Acoustics

    ABT
  • Visualizations

    Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2020

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Cite: Vladimir Gintoff. "KAAN Architecten's Winning Design for an Amsterdam Courthouse "Exudes Openness"" 01 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/788665/kaan-architectens-winning-design-for-an-amsterdam-courthouse-exudes-openness/> ISSN 0719-8884
Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten

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