Amsterdam Temporary Courthouse by Cepezed Architects

cepezed_Temporary Courthouse Amsterdam

Recently the Amsterdam Temporary Courthouse, designed by cepezed architects, was completed and taken into use. Over the coming five years, the larger part of the jurisdiction will take place in the interim-building, while in the meantime the existing courthouse is being refurbished.
The building was realized within a Design, Build, Maintain & Remove (DBMR)-assignment of the Central Government Real Estate Agency (Dutch abbreviation: RVB) by consortium DPCP, a combination of Du Prie building & development and developer cepezedprojects.
cepezed and cepezedinterieur were responsible for the integral architectural and interior design.

cepezed_Temporary Courthouse Amsterdam

‘Dealing with recycling and re-use of materials in a highly qualitative manner, is in short what the circular economy is all about’, according to Jacqueline Cramer, ex-minister of VROM and nowadays among others ambassador circular economy in the Metropole Region Amsterdam. Together with the President of the Court Amsterdam, Mr. Henk Naves, she officially opened the new Temporary Courthouse Amsterdam last Friday November 4th.

Within the construction, quintessential processes of the courthouse will have their course. Consequently, the demands are high. For example, the interim-character of the building may not denigrate its representativeness. Also, standards for matters such as equipment, complex logistics, acoustics, comfort and safety are unrestricted.

Taking its public responsibility, the project’s principal the Central Government Real Estate Agency aims at minimal dissipation. Therefore, an important criterion was the prevention of waste and the maximizing of the building’s residual value.

The intrinsic circularity of the dpcp-proposal has gained a lot of appreciation. On every scale, including the structure as a whole, dpcp consequently looked for reduction, re-use, and recycling possibilities. Also, the consortium aims at the maximum use of donor materials, which eliminates waste in the early phases of the process. For example, the feasibility of hollowcore slabs coming from other buildings is being explored at the moment. After use by the Amsterdam court house, the structure is completely reusable on another location.

The adaptability is taken to the limit; the building is no longer restricted to a single location. In order to make the structure customizable and circular it has been designed as a kit of parts and can just as easily be mounted, taken apart and remounted again. Jacqueline Cramer concluded her opening speech by wishing to really attend the Temporary Court House’s demounting in five years after which the edifice will find a new function and user.