Civil & Industry

Courthouse Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium
Courthouse Antwerp

Smulders was responsible for the delivery and assembly of the steel roof constructions of the courthouse of Antwerp.


The project consisted of:


  • 26 small shell roofs (18 tons each)
  • 6 large shell roofs  (24 tons each)
  • Salle des pas perdus
  • Connection bridges/ lift shaft


The shell roofs are shaped like a hypar shape (hyperbolic paraboloid). The roof construction exists of a wooden shell, 120 mm insulation and watertightness existing of one completely welded inox skin.


Project data:


  • Client: Justinvest/Regie der Gebouwen
  • Architect: Richard Rodgers 
  • Weight: 1,545 tons of steel