The CourthouseArchitecture for the Public Good
> Provides an exclusive behind the scenes look at the biggest courthouse in the Netherlands
> A fundamental point of departure in the discourse about commissioning and designing public buildings on a local, national and international level
> Nominee for the EU Mies van der Rohe Award, Architectenweb Public Building of the Year Award, ARC2021 Award and Amsterdam Architectuur Prijs
> Interviews with Hans Janssen, Erik Tuijp, Ton Schaap, Fokke van Dijk, Louise Attema
More than being the first and most comprehensive look at the Amsterdam Courthouse, this book is a statement and a call for more open, collaborative designs made to last in the community they serve.
Located in the rapidly developing Zuidas district, the new Amsterdam Courthouse by KAAN Architecten exudes approachable authority, adhering to the principle that the judicial process is a public matter. The stately yet inviting institution for public discourse was designed through a collaborative ‘DBFMO’ contract overseeing the building’s funding, construction, maintenance and property management..
The Courthouse Architecture for the Public Good has been entirely pro-duced and compiled by the building’s architects. In original essays and articles, they take us behind the scenes to unveil the Courthouse as the ultimate gesamtkunstwerk – both a project and a process. These in-depth analyses are visually documented by rich illustrations, construction photographs and technical drawings. Additional dialogues with client representatives, Courthouse spokespersons and Amsterdam’s urban planners untangle and explain the demands of a public building, architectural conceptualization and public-private partnerships.
ISBN 978-94-6208-705-7 | March 2023 | available | Ruud Brouwers, Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Marten Dashorst, Hans den Hartog Jager, red./ed.: Marco Lanna | design: Alice Colombo, Isabella Fiorante | photography: Sebastian van Damme, Fernando Guerra, Tom Philip Janssen, Dominique Panhuysen | English | 22 x 29 cm | 128 pages | illustrated (122 color and b/w) | in conjunction with: KAAN Architecten