The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is the first permanent international criminal court to receive a mandate to prosecute crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. Royal HaskoningDHV managed the technical design, consulting and quality control of the new accommodation for the International Criminal Court, including the geotechnical and structural design, building installations, building physics, acoustics, fire safety and security. 

ICC The Hague | Royal HaskoningDHV

Image: artist impression by schmidt hammer lassen architects

Added value through smart concepts

Royal HaskoningDHV was able to translate the rigorous safety requirements and challenging architectural design into a technical plan that meets the most stringent international specifications in terms of safety, sustainability and user-friendliness. The ICC is surrounded by a landscape of dunes, but it is also close to main traffic routes such as the Hubertus tunnel. This required innovative and creative solutions from our engineers. The buildings are energy efficient, flexible and future-proof. Furthermore, a healthy working environment was key to the development process with smart and efficient concepts like the modular assembly of building installations combined with a flexible constructive concept and a climate floor system.

Involved from drawing board to completion

Competing against 180 other architects, the design team of schmidt hammer lassen architects and Royal HaskoningDHV won this prestigious assignment. Royal HaskoningDHV was involved in the process from the very start, initially in the design team commissioned by SHL on behalf of ICC. From the tender procedure, we worked on behalf of the contractor Courtys which, following the FD, was commissioned on the basis of an NEC3 type of contract. Totalling 54,600 m2 GFA, the new building will house offices, approximately 1200 workstations, a library, media room and 3 courtrooms. The entire area is over 72,000 m2, including approximately 400 parking spaces. The budget, including the move, amounts to approximately 204 million euros. The building will be completed in 2016.