Amsterdam Court House
NetherlandsCompany Name : Muller Afbouwgroep
The new Amsterdam Court House was realized in the heart of the prestigious southern Amsterdam business area. The 10-floor building comprises of 60.000 m² of floorspace and houses fifty courtrooms. This huge project was challenging for its complexity, the high demands and all the different and divergent shapes of walls, counters, balustrades and domes.
In order to meet these high demands the project required a huge number of 179 different and specially designed metal stud walltypes where heavy natural stone was mounted. The rounded balustrades had to be evenly rounded and solid. Rounded domes in the sloped ceiling were also 3-D designed and we used shanks and prefab frames to match the slope of the ceiling that was later installed.
Throughout the building there are reception counters in special, uneven shapes where the upper part seems to be floating. The upper parts of the counters were 3-D engineered, then produced in prefab and the shanks were covered with curved plasterboard.
The large scale of the project required metucilous planning and preparation. Just-in-time deliveries, horizontal and vertical transportation and on-site construction were necessary. Muller and Gyproc were involved with the architect and client in a very early stage to determine the types of solutions to be applied and a huge amount of time was spent in the engineering and planning to make sure all issues were tackled regarding the wall structures, balustrades, domes and counters.
60 000 m²
(Central Government Real Estate Agency)
Company name: Muller Afbouwgroep
Main Representative: Mr. Freddie Muller, Mr. Patrick van Oosterbosch
Number of collaborators: 130 to 500 persons including all project teams
Specialties: Large scale utility construction, drywall, ceilings, interior
Founded in: 1999
Biography: Muller Afbouwgroep builds, renovates and transforms for contractors, developers and endusers. Muller operates in the Netherlands and Belgium. The company took off with metal-stud installations and has developed into a business group that offers complete drywall and interior solutions including wooden prefab construction, fire safety solutions and kitchening.
Muller is solution and innovation oriented. They like to be involved in a very early stage of a project, to be able to offer the best and most complete solution – within a reasonable and realistic budget
Innovation partner: Heijmans N.V. Rosmalen, The Netherlands
Contractors: Mr. Freddie Muller, Mr. Patrick van Oosterbosch
179 different wall types required
Large scale on small building site with strict security regulations
Tight planning and complicated logistics – just-in-time deliveries
Plating with heavy natural stone on light-weight metal stud walls
100% match and fit required for reception desks upper- and bottom parts
Rounded balustrades requirements: evenly rounded and solid
Stairs construction disconnected from storey floors
Pre-engineering of cylindrical skylights in sloped ceiling
3D engineering and prefab production
To meet extremely high demands on acoustics, fire safety and burglary resistance
Each of the applications had to be substantiated and proven by a test report.
An iconic landmark was created with high architectural quality and value.
Muller and Gyproc have succeeded in this challenging project by thorough preparation, clever engineering and the cooperation between Gyproc and Muller to develop special solutions.
Working together with many different parties in this project and still meeting its very tight deadlines and budget.