Judicial Centre in Debrecen / Koller Studio

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Architects: Koller Studio
Location: Debrecen,
Project Team: József Koller, László Csatai, László Pethő, László Földes
Client: County Court of Hajdú-Bihar and Supreme Prosecutor of Debrecen
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 6,035 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Koller Studio

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The task was the placement and the planning of the High Court of Justice, the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office and the Town Court in the heart of Debrecen, a civic city with 1000-year history. The planning was preceded by a national tender which fit the build-in of the entire Révész-square block to its new program.

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Site Plan

From several points it is an especially ungrateful task to set up a new building on the above mentioned fractured area, especially as the first element of a large-scale reconstructing. The most conspicuous characteristic of the building is its blackness, the sides of the inclusive prism look as if they have been carved with a blade. The building does not exit its bordering flats staying inside its own limits. The appropriate knowledge of one’s limits and compliance with them, a behavior without trespass as the predominant guiding principle, suits the formation of a judicial centre.

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The surfaces are invigorated by the delicate play of light and the shadow effects of the rhythmically recurring hatchways of the upper lantern-lights. This living texture is randomly cut up by the inserted shorter longer red limestone strips. The light glints the mat mass of the on the polished stone, giving a quite dynamic horizontal cut to the facade.


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Cite: "Judicial Centre in Debrecen / Koller Studio" 11 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=167888>
  • Dennis Moss Jnr

    what a depressing building!

  • joseph n. biondo

    Quite the opposite. Great design is about thoughtful and careful detailing -this building is filled with that.