The temporary courthouse Amsterdam is one of the ten nominees for the 2017-edition of the Amsterdam Architecture Award. The project is developed and realized by consortium DPCP, a combination of Du Prie bouw & ontwikkeling and developer cepezedprojects. The architectural design is by cepezed, while the interior was designed by cepezedinterieur.
The annual prize will be awarded for the tenth time and is organized by Architectural Center Amsterdam (Arcam), which have also set up an exhibition in this jubilee year presenting the ten nominees on March 31st. The jury recognizes three trends within the architectural projects which were delivered in Amsterdam in 2016: the New Commissioning, the Green Metropole and Innovation & Circularity. The design for the temporary courthouse fits these last aspects like a glove when it comes to the commission brief, the concept and the design elaboration. The building functions as the temporary housing for the Amsterdam Court in the period that it is being refurbished on the same premises. With this Design, Build, Maintain & Remove (DBMR)-project the Central Government Real Estate Agency (Dutch abbreviation: RVB) has specifically aimed at preventing waste and maximizing the building’s residual value after its initial period of use. The building has therefore been designed with a well adaptable configuration, thus facilitating changing uses by changing users on changing locations in the future; the removal and the re-use are embedded in the contract.
The award giving ceremony will take place on April 13th in the former Bijlmer Jail. The jury is composed of Tracy Metz (journalist/author), Jeroen van Schooten (Team V Architectuur) and Carola Hein (professor architecture & urban planning history TU Delft). Besides the professional jury there is a public jury, represented by Ingrid van de Grint, Jan Versteeg en Jasper Nagtzaam.
The exhibition opens in Arcam on Friday, March 31st, 17.00 and is open to all.