Renzo Piano unveils new courthouse for Toronto

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has revealed its first project in Canada: a Toronto courthouse elevated on columns to expose tall glazed walls and a 20-metre-high atrium. Italian architect Piano and his firm will build the Toronto Courthouse in the Downtown area – close to the city’s current major courthouse, which was completed in 1967, and the

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OMA unveils plans for coloured glass courthouse in Lille

Dutch firm OMA has revealed its design for a six-sided courthouse in Lille, France, which will features sheer facades of coloured glass. Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the Palais de Justice will play host to Lille’s high and district courts. It will be situated west of the city centre, a short distance from a historic fortress.

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Mecanoo completes modern Palace of Justice in historic Córdoba

Mecanoo’s vast law courts in the Spanish city of Córdoba features cut-out courtyards and golden details, in reference to the city’s medieval history. The Dutch architecture studio collaborated with local engineering firm Ayesa to design the 48,000-square-metre Palace of Justice as a new civic centre for the area. Along with a courthouse containing 26 courtrooms, the six-storey

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First photos emerge of tiered tower built by Renzo Piano to house Paris law courts

Work has completed on Tribunal de Paris – a tiered skyscraper, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano to become the largest law complex in Europe. Comprising a series of stacked glass volumes, the building will bring together the various activities of the French capital’s judiciary system, which had previously been scattered about the city. It is not set to open

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Gardens separate rooms wrapped in brick, stone and wood at Mexican courthouse

An oval stone wall encloses brick and timber volumes that offer varying levels of privacy and connection with the gardens at the centre of this courthouse in Pátzcuaro, Mexico, by Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo. The courthouse was designed by Rocha and Carrillo’s architecture studio in response to a requirement to update all of Mexico’s justice facilities so that

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Kaan Architecten completes new Supreme Court of the Netherlands

Six bronze statues mark the entrance to Kaan Architecten’s new Supreme Court of the Netherlands, which features a facade of green glass louvres and an interior dominated by marble (+ slideshow). Set to open in The Hague later this month, the building houses one of the most important courts in the country, established in 1838 to More

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Tengbom adds “monolithic” zinc-clad extension to Alingsås District Court

Stockholm architecture studio Tengbom has added a zinc-clad extension to a traditional brick courthouse building in the Swedish town of Alingsås (+ slideshow). Tengbom’s addition to the Alingsås District Court is designed to offer a contemporary counterpoint to an original brick building designed by architect Adrian Crispin Pettersson and completed in 1899. The courthouse is situated More

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AAU Anastas completes Palestinian courthouse featuring stone walls and golden latticework

This courthouse in northern Palestine, which was commissioned by The United Nations, has chunky stone walls and an ornamental overlay of gold steel (+ slideshow). AAU Anastas was commissioned to design the Toulkarem Courthouse by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), a body that aims to support peace-building, humanitarian and development projects. The architecture firm, which has […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen completes headquarters for the International Criminal Court

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has completed a new building for the International Criminal Court in the Hague, featuring chequerboard facades that create shifting patterns of light and shadow (+ slideshow). The new permanent premises for the International Criminal Court (ICC) is located on a former military barracks at the edge of the Meijendel Dunes to the […]

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Thomas Phifer’s United States Courthouse is covered in vertical sun shades

White vertical fins clad the glazed exterior of this Salt Lake City courthouse by Thomas Phifer and Partners, shading the interior from direct sunlight without restricting the views from inside (+ slideshow). New York-based Thomas Phifer and Partners designed the United States Courthouse for a city centre block that also accommodates the early 20th-century Federal Courthouse. Related story: 2015 AIA Institute […]
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