Supreme Court of the Netherlands

The Hoge Raad der Nederlanden, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, is situated in The Hague, and appears restrained and transparent, projecting a sense of timelessness suitable to its neutral role separate from the country's politics. Two courtrooms form the core of the project, both composed of natural stone, around which public space is laced on the ground floor. These courtrooms are affixed with vertical voids in the form of pyramids. A third cone, composed of glass, creates an internal skylight. Foreseen to mainly be accessed by its monumental entrance, denoted by oversized perforated aluminum finned doors, the building is also 'directionless' in its outward orientation. The façade is composed of a closed cavity system, which consists of insulation glass and an outer pane with a curtain in betwee–to ensure acoustic and thermal insulation. Transparent and translucent material qualities align with the precise programmatic requirements of both openness and seclusion. Appropriately, the vertical elements of the façade–when viewed from an angle–allow the public to perceive the building's rigid materiality, while when viewed directly, the façade allows for continuous transparent views, depending on varying daylighting conditions. 

Korte Voorhout
The Hague
the Netherlands

Governmental, Office

15.000 m2

Date of design

Project team
Wiel Arets, Rob Willemse, Roel van der Zeeuw, Olivier Brinkman, Raymond van Sabben

Jochem Homminga, Jelle Homburg, Sjoerd Wilbers, Jonas Klock, Christina Lotzemer-Jentges, Ruben Perez, Danilo Brechner, Benine Dekker, Dominique Degner, Richard George, Rasmus Slot Hansen, Leonie Otten

Rijksgebouwendienst, Hoge Raad der Nederlanden

Consortium partners
Brink Groep, Hillen & Roosen, Strukton Worksphere, DIF, Strukton Integrale Projecten

Zonneveld BV, Cauberg-Huygen Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, Huygen Installatie Adviseurs BV, FGB Facility Group