Independence brought to Namibia not only a democratically elected government, but also an independent judiciary, and hence the need for a suitable Supreme Court Building.
Home of Namibia's Constitution
The ministry of Justice of Namibia required an imposing and functional building to house the new Supreme Court of Namibia in Windhoek. The building had to reflect a new independence as well as the integrity and soul of the brand new Constitution.
Scope of Services
Windhoek Consulting Engineers' successful record in the design of multi-disciplinary buildings led to an appointment for all the disciplines of engineering involved. The site, overlooking the heart of Windhoek, straddles the Pahl geological fault, and hence and extensive geotechnical investigation was required before design work could commence.
Unsuitable material was excavated to make space for a parking basement, and a ground floor and first floor made up the rest of the structure. Two Courts were provided with gracious offices for four Supreme Court Judges. The heavy loads which would result from a library on the first floor, and the need for stringent fire prevention measures, made for some challenging design work. A cantilevered ramp up to the first floor has the appearance of being supported by the proverbial "sky hooks", and quality finishes were the order of the day.