Saturday, May 28, 2011

International Criminal Court Den Haag | Netherlands | Mecanoo Architecten

symbol of justice and peace
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was founded in 2002 and is the first and only permanent international court dealing with combating international crime, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. So that it could carry out these duties appropriately, an international design competition was held in 2008 in which twenty internationally prominent architects were selected, including Mecanoo. The 73,000 m2 site for the new ICC is located in the dunes which border the city and is currently being operating as the Alexander Military Barracks. For this site, Mecanoo created a building that is a symbol of justice and peace in the 21st century. The design is inspired by the circle, a symbol of infinity and universality. The building is situated within the dunes so that it gestures toward the nearby Peace Palace, a recognized symbol of law and peace of the last century.....more
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