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ICC Permanent Premises

The Hague

The contract consists of the engineering and construction of the new International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Permanent accommodation for the judicial institution

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a permanent court for prosecuting people suspected of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The International Criminal Court was set up in 2002 and, prior to the move, was housed in temporary accommodation in The Hague. As the ICC is a permanent judicial institution, a permanent location was necessary to enable it to carry out its tasks effectively. At the same time, the new home symbolises the importance of the ICC in the global fight against impunity for the most serious crimes facing the international community.

All the necessary facilities

The ambitious programme for the construction of the ICC’s new premises reflects the international significance of this organisation. The building houses 1,200 work stations and three courtrooms. In addition, various other facilities have been created in the building, such as a conference centre, a restaurant, a library on international criminal law, waiting areas for witnesses, a press centre, a warehouse and storage. There is also a covered parking area for 425 bicycles and dispersed parking (511 places for staff/visitors). The floor area of the new building is 54,600m² and the total area of the land development is approximately 72,000m2.


The ICC brings major international (war) criminals to justice. This organization has a complex programme of requirements and the strictest security measures. Besides working safely, security was one of the most important aspects of the project for us. The people who end up at the International Criminal Court have supporters and opponents who, in exceptional situations, can pose a potential threat to the building and ultimately to the personnel. For this reason, safety and security were given extra consideration in the construction of the complex, an example of which is the bomb-proof facade. A great deal of attention was also paid to security during construction works. Everyone who entered the building site was security screened.


Facts and figures

  • Site
    The Hague
  • Status
  • Client
    International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • Contract type
    NEC 3 (Engineering & Construction)
  • Architect
    schmidt hammer lassen architects / landscape architect: SLA Landscaping
  • Consultant
    Royal haskoningDHV / Pieters Bouwtechniek
  • Main Contractor
    Courtys Consortium, Visser & Smit Bouw / Boele & van Eesteren
  • Contact
    Courtys Consortium
  • Project categories
    (complex) Commercial construction
    NEC 3
    Considerate Builders

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