The Rotterdam Court is forerunner in the Netherlands concerning the introduction of „Mediation“ as an alternative form of settling conflicts. To give this role a visible form it had been decided to erect an own building for this purpose. The building becomes by that also the official mouthpiece of the court – a center for all people who want to get informed about juridical questions. The urban situation is the “Galeria”, an in-between space within the Rotterdam Court complex covered by a glass roof. The situation with a width of only 17 m is spatially quite narrow for a building and the obligations to keep a generous public route to the entrance of the subway and to avoid any backside.
For that reasons the expectations on the appearance of the new building are rather high. A transparent, inviting reception building is needed that communicates with its architecture the new ideas and at the same time a seriousness that fits to the court as an institution.