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Temporary courthouse Amsterdam 

The temporary courthouse in Amsterdam was largely developed by cepezedprojects within the dpcp consortium. cepezed and cepezedinterieur designed the 5,400 m² new building. It was realized on the grounds of the Parnas complex and together with the existing towers E and F, it forms the temporary court as a whole.

  • client(s)
  • Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency
  • location
  • Amsterdam
  • user(s)
  • courthouse Amsterdam
  • discipline(s)
  • cepezed
    cepezed interieur
    cepezed projects
jannes linders

High requirements for a temporary building  

While new permanent accommodation is being built on the same plot, jurisdiction is continuing in the temporary new building.

The demands on this are high. For example, the interim character of the building must not detract from its distinguished appearance. Also, the conditions for aspects such as equipment, complex logistics, acoustics, comfort and safety are equal to those of permanent construction.

High requirements for a temporary building
jannes linders

Avoiding waste  

From the perspective of social responsibility, client the Government Buildings Agency set great store on preventing waste. An important selection criterion was therefore the prevention of waste and the maximization of the residual value of the building.

Avoiding waste
léon van woerkom | cepezed
léon van woerkom | cepezed

Completely reusable  

On every scale, we searched for possibilities to reduce, reuse and recycle materials. Together with engineering firm IMd, we developed for instance a special attachment system for the hollow-core slab floors, which simplifies detaching and reusing the floor slabs as much as possible.

Reuse does not just concern the components, it even applies to the entire building: after the first period of use, it can be reassembled in its entirety at a different location, if desired also in a different configuration.

Completely reusable
léon van woerkom | cepezed

Winning prizes  

In 2017, the temporary courthouse Amsterdam won the jury prize of the Amsterdam Architecture Prize (Gouden A.A.P.). The jury report and additional information can be found on the Arcam website.

Winning prizes
léon van woerkom | cepezed
cepezed | léon van woerkom


  • primary client: rijksvastgoedbedrijf
  • contractual client: du prie / cepezedprojects
  • interior design: cepezedinterieur
  • stability: imd raadgevende ingenieurs
  • building services: ingenieursbureau linssen
  • building physics, acoustics & sustainability: lbp sight
  • main contractor: du prie bouw en ontwikkeling
  • contractor building services electrical: schoonderbeek
  • contractor building services mechanical: putman
  • contractor steel construction: dijkstaal
  • façades: willemsen veenendaal
  • photo artwork courtroom wall: marjan teeuwen

awards & nominations

  • national sustainability prize steel | 2018
  • amsterdam architecture prize (golden a.a.p.) | 2017
  • best collaboration project rijksvastgoedbedrijf | 2016
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