03 2023
March 2023
29/03 2023

The Courthouse – Architecture for the Public Good

We are excited to announce the release of our latest publication, “The Courthouse – Architecture for the Public Good.” Published by nai010 publishers, this book is the first and most comprehensive guide to the largest courthouse in the Netherlands.

Largely written and compiled by the building’s design team, this book offers a guided tour through original essays and articles, taking readers behind the scenes to explore the Courthouse as the ultimate gesamtkunstwerk – both a project and a process. Get your copy here.

The book includes in-depth analyses, rich illustrations, construction photographs, and technical drawings to visually document the building’s design.

In addition, the book features dialogues with client representatives, Courthouse spokespersons, and Amsterdam’s urban planners, untangling and explaining the demands of a public building, architectural conceptualisation, and public-private partnerships.

Overall, “The Courthouse – Architecture for the Public Good” calls for more open, collaborative designs built to last in the communities they serve.

The book is available for purchase online and in specialised bookstores.

Book photographs by Magdalena Wierzbicka.


Concept: Marco Lanna, Vincent Panhuysen

Texts: Ruud Brouwers, Marten Dashorst, Hans den Hartog Jager, Kees Kaan, Marco Lanna, Vincent Panhuysen

Interviews: Louise Attema, Fokke Van Dijk, Hans Janssen, Ton Schaap, Erik Tuijp

Publisher: Marcel Witvoet, nai010 publishers, Rotterdam

Design: Alice Colombo, Isabela Fiorante

Cover photo: Sebastian van Damme

Photography: Fernando Guerra, Tom Philip Janssen, Dominique Panhuysen, Sebastian van Damme

Copy editing: Dianna Beaufort, D’Laine Camp

Prooofreading: D’Laine Camp

Translations: Dianna Beaufort

Printing and lithography: robstolk®, Amsterdam

Binding: Boekbinderij Patist, Zaltbommel

Paper: Circle print 95CIE, 115 gsm (interior), Rebello 110, 350 gsm (cover material)


1st edition, 2023

128 pages

22 x 29 cm

ISBN 978-94-6208-705-7