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International Criminal Court in The Hague / SHL Architects

  • 15:31 - 20 November, 2008
International Criminal Court in The Hague / SHL Architects
International Criminal Court in The Hague / SHL Architects, © Adam Mørk
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    • Client

      The International Criminal Court
    • Subconsultants

      Royal Haskoning, Bosch & Fjord
    • Landscape

    • Engineer

      Royal Haskoning/ Esbensen Consulting Engineers
    • Interior Design and Art

      Bosch & Fjord/ Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

    • Project Management

      Brink Groep

    • Contractor

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    Text description provided by the architects. When designing the new permanent premises of the International Criminal Court, the point of departure was to communicate trust, hope and – most importantly – faith in justice and fairness. The building should have the courage to be an ambassador for the credibility of the ICC. 

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    © Adam Mørk

    The project and its architecture are impressive and grandiose but always relate to humans and the human scale. It is important that a formal institution like the ICC does not constitute barriers for people. On the contrary, it must express the very essence of democratic architecture. 

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    © Adam Mørk

    By designing a compact building with a small footprint, the landscape is returned to the city so that the open spaces, the sky and the horizon become an integrated part of the architectural composition.

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    © Adam Mørk

    The building is designed as a sculptural abstraction – a composition of six volumes, firmly anchored to the site and rising from the surrounding dune landscape. The tallest of the volumes is the Court Tower that rises up as a green element. The architectural idea is to continue the cultivated parterre gardens from the ground floor level, as a cladding on the Court Tower. Historically, gardens have always existed as part of all cultures and all religions.  With flowers and plants from each of the 110 member countries, the parterre garden rises up as a symbol of unity, regardless of nationality and culture. The remaining volumes, the office towers, are draped in a tapestry grid, almost like embroidery.

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    Cite: "International Criminal Court in The Hague / SHL Architects" 20 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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