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In December 2007 the Assembly of States Parties decided that the ICC should be provided with newly-built permanent premises.
A worldwide architectural design competition took place in order to select the best architectural design for this unique project. The competition was organised and financed by the host State (The Netherlands). Three winning architects, from a total of 171 competitors, were chosen by an international jury. The Danish firm schmidt hammer lassen was finally selected to design the new premises since the design met all of the ICC criteria, such as design, sustainability, functionality and costs.
Selection of 3 prize winners
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8 March 2010 A press conference was held in order to present the design of the new permanent premises to the outside world. During this event, the design of Danish architects schmidt hammer lassen was revealed. The architects also described the functionality of the buildings and the manner in which the construction had been integrated into the landscape of the city.
18 March 2010 The official launch of the project and start-up of the design process for the Permanent Premises took place. During this event, all the parties involved were invited to participate with the intention of reaching the following goals: having a common view on the project; enhancing the awareness of the need for success, in both co-operation throughout the whole project and the end result, getting to know each other and the respective organisations.
November 2010 The preliminary
design stage is
November 2011 The demolition
The site that was housing the Alexanderkazerne (Alexander Barracks) was cleared and made ready by the host State. This stage was completed at the end of the summer of 2012.
October 2012 The tendering
completed and the combination Visser & Smit Bouw and Boele & van Eesteren (“Courtys”) was selected for the realisation of the ICC’s Permanent Premises.
April 2013 Groundbreaking Ceremony
The ICC held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work on the Court’s Permanent Premises.
November 2015 The Permanent Premises is completed and handed over to the ICC.
December 2015 The Permanent Premises is in use.