opening 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.

Through a Design, Build, Maintain & Remove (DBMR)-project the building was realized by consortium dpcp – a collaboration between Du Prie bouw & ontwikkeling and developer cepezedprojects. The design was done by cepezed and cepezedinterior. The new construction is part of the temporary courthouse on the grounds of the current Parnascomplex along the Parnassusweg. Here, the larger part of the jurisdiction will take place during the five years that a new permanent housing will be developed on the same premises. However, the interim-character of the building does not denigrate its representativeness or, standards for matters such as equipment, complex logistics, acoustics, comfort and safety. The client RVB aims at reducing waste and maximizing the rest-value after the initial period of use. The building therefor is well adaptable and leaves possibilities for other functions by other users. 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.