Coín Courthouse / Donaire Arquitectos

© Fernando Alda

Architecture: Donaire Arquitectos
Location: Málaga,
Client: Consejería de Justicia de la Junta de Andalucía
Collaboration: Ignacio Núñez, Carmela Domínguez, Tibisay Cañas, Beatriz Hacar, Delia Pacheco Donaire, Jesús Núñez Bootello
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 2,205.30 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Alda

The building is located in a redevelopment area northeast of Coín, in Málaga, Spain. The building consists of two distinct areas. The main area is an abstract area reaching the maximum allowed height, and the second area is a single level used for access and adapted to the irregular form of the plot.

East Elevation

Two materials are used, stone for the basement, and sheets that reach to the top of the building. The strips protect against direct sunlight and produce a uniform and abstract image of the building. At night the strips disappear with the light inside the building.

© Fernando Alda

Throughout the building, there are two types of circulation to access the various units, the public access is articulated by the lobby, and the private access connects the stairs and court staff’s lift. The private access is at the back of the building and is connected to a secondary back entrance. As a public building the project has created a contemporary image and a reference point for the entire town and surrounding area.

Floor Plan

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Cite: "Coín Courthouse / Donaire Arquitectos" 13 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Tim Winstanley

    This is a refreshing take on the traditional archetype of courthouses. I love the clean lines and the utilization of the metal scrim that juxtaposes the interior and exterior between night and day.