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temporary court & multitenant and educational building


temporary court & multitenant and educational building 

The temporary courthouse in Amsterdam was largely developed by cepezedprojects within the dpcp consortium. cepezed and cepezedinterieur designed the 5,400 m² new building. Currently, the building is being dismantled in accordance with the requirements after five sustainable years of service. In early 2023, the building will be rebuilt in Enschede.

  • client(s)
  • Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency
  • location
  • Amsterdam (1st location) , Enschede (2nd location)
  • user(s)
  • courthouse Amsterdam
  • expertise
  • architects
    cepezed interior
    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.

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.

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.

The building will be disassembled in the same way at Kennispark Twente in Enschede. Almost all the elements are moving with it, except for the cell blocks. There is no need for them in the new function of a business centre.

Lucas van der Wee | cepezed
léon van woerkom | cepezed

first nut
A detachable building celebrates other milestones. These include the 'unscrewing of the first nut', or the start of the temporary court's dismantling, on 9 November 2021. Louise Attema of the Government Buildings Agency considers the project more than successful: 'We got what we wanted. And actually even more. We got a high-quality building, at an acceptable price. And circularity in a way that was very special at the time and is actually still special."

video van Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)

viewing tips  

The dismantling of the Temporary Court Amsterdam officially started with the loosening of the first nut on 9 November 2021. This was followed by a debate about circular and remountable building in practice, which was broadcasted live from the Temporary Court.

In this broadcast, Ronald Schleurholts (architect, cepezed-partner) and Menno Rubbens (cepezedprojects / dpcp) explain the entire project in a short video.

Francesco Veenstra (government architect) was a guest. Jim Teunizen (Alba Concepts), Jan Willem van de Groep (entrepreneur and inspirator), Arend van de Beek (Lagemaat) and Menno Rubbens (cepezedprojects / dpcp) entered into a live debate, led by Jort Kelder.

lucas van der wee

Essay on remountability


  • 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
  • 2nd client: dpcp/ groothuis bouwgroep

awards & nominations

  • national sustainability prize steel | 2018
  • amsterdam architecture prize (golden a.a.p.) | 2017
  • best collaboration project rijksvastgoedbedrijf | 2016
  • top 25 greenest buildings amsterdam 2000-2025 | 2022
  • top 7 green trendsetters amsterdam 2000-2025 | 2022
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