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The International Criminal Court/

Schmidt Hammer Lassen - SHL


Through the lightness and simplicity in the architectural design, the values of openness and transparency are communicated. The building is designed as a sculptural abstraction – a composition of 6 volumes, firmly anchored to the site and rising from the surrounding dune landscape.

BIM Model:

The ICC was started in BIM soon after the competition was decided. Building up the ICC BIM model was initiated by shl. Royal Haskoning was involved from the start to develop models of their portions of the project. Cad files used during the competition were used as the basis for building up the model and were set aside after the model was developed.

The model contained both geometry and object data of the project. To ensure the model ran as efficiently as possible shl drafted a BIM Execution Plan based on past experience and international standards that was tailored to the needs of the project. This document was the basis of the collaboration between the architect and the consultants.

For the International Criminal Court project the BIM model was the primary means of developing, coordinating and communicating the project between consultants and the client. This information was shared with the consultants on a regular basis, so their work

could progress.

Models were shared between the architect and the consultants over a secure project web solution. All the models including the architectural, structural, mechanical, and landscape were linked together to create an aggregate model that was used to produce both design and tender documents. Database export produces door- and room-schedules, which made this task much more efficient, on the 46.000 m² large projects

The BIM model was used both as a design tool and a development tool. The Client’s Representative used the models for extracting quantities of materials for cost estimating. Shl used the model for walk-throughs with the users and as the basis of visualizations. Giving the users the opportunity to move through the project in real time established a better understanding of the project. Cameras were placed in the project to verify the quality of the design and convey the special qualities of the project to the client and users. The model files were hosted on a Revit Server Solution which allowed the models to be shared between shl’s offices.

At later stages of the project the model was coordinated and further developed with the contractor who will use the model for construction and a record model to be handed over to the client.




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