Construction for the new International Criminal Court (ICC) broke ground in April in The Hague and is expected to be completed by 2015. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, winners of a 2010 competition, the complex will consist of six buildings that cover more than 586,000 square feet.
Five of the buildings will use composite materials developed by the aviation and wind turbine industries for the exterior. These buildings will be perforated in a criss-crossed pattern of windows and angled cutouts to draw in natural daylight and reduce energy needs during office hours. The values of “openness and transparency” that are relevant to the international court system are communicated through the lightness and simplicity in the architectural design. The designers are hoping to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for the sustainable features of the complex.
The overall architectural expression becomes an abstract and informal sculpture – a backdrop for communicating the values of the ICC.
The ICC, governed by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.