Supreme Court awarded with Living Daylight Award 2016
The Daylight Award is a Dutch biennial prize for buildings that have a pronounced daylight quality. This year the Supreme Court of the Netherlands has been awarded thanks to its rich array of daylight aspects and to the smart strategies for artificial lighting.
The jury composed by Alexander Rosemann (TU Eindhoven), Jeroen van Schooten (Team V Architectuur), Paul van Bergen (DGMR), Peter Lindeman (Rodeca Systems), Kees van der Hoeven (ArchitectenWerk), Sander Mirck (Mirck Architecture) made a choice based on specific criterias like experience, function, vision and building physics.
Supreme Court of the Netherlands
The building is located in the historic city center of The Hague along the Korte Voorhout and adjacent to Malieveld park. The new design, with the measured vibrancy of its facades, interacts with the trees across the street announcing the city gateway. The main entrance is flagged by six bronze statues, with a single pane of glass subtly marking the transition from the street to the interior. The transparency of the building signifies both accessibility to the public as well as the soundness and clarity of judgment. The entrance hall with courtrooms forms the public area and double height ceilings span the full length of the building. The floors and walls are of a light grey limestone that exudes a velvety texture. The upper floors accommodate offices, a library with study places, a restaurant, and council and meeting chambers. Daylight permeates the building through several skylights, forming the core of the distinct domains of the Council and Procurator General Office. The light, the sightlines throughout the space, and the open perspective inspire social interaction, encourage the exchange of ideas and opinions, and allows for informal gatherings.