Wiel Arets Architects
Wiel Arets Architects were invited to partake in a competition to design a new SupremeCourt for the Netherlands along with five other architecture firms in July 2011.
The design, to be located in Den Haag, uses a restrained achitectural language and transparency in order to project a sense of timelessness suitable to it’s neutral role seperate from the country’s political realm. Two courtrooms form the core of the project, both composed of natural stone, and around which public space is arranged on the ground floor. These courtrooms are affixed with vertical voids in the form of pyramids. A third glass cone creates an internal skylight.
Foreseen to be mainly accessed by its monumental entrance, denoted by oversized perforated aluminium finned doors, the building is ‘directionless’ in its outward orientation. This is important as the building can be viewed from numerous routes and places, thus no facade is given undue prominance.
Transparent and translucent material qualities align with the precise programmatic requirements of both openness and seclusion. Appropriately, the vertical elements of the facade- when viewed from an angle- allow the public to perceive the building’s rigid materiality, while when viewed directly the facade allows for continous transparent views, varying on daylighting conditions.