Minor Charges Court Building Proposal / ABA

Designed by ABA (About: Blank Architecture), their proposal for the Minor Charges Court Building focuses on creating a building that is a tool to increase productivity in several levels and at the same time does not represent a burden on the budget of the Department of Justice. As part of a package of public investments in the Department of ​​Justice in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, ABA was challenged to create a building based on an innovative brief to be replicated nationwide, gathering in the same building all minor charges courts. More images and architects' description after the break.

Minor Charges Court Building Proposal / ABA - Facade, Windows
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The pillars for the concept development are functionality, durability and sustainability. In terms of volume, verticality and horizontality work together, as a reaction to each court needs. The Civil Court has the biggest necessity of area and therefor extends along four levels. Some areas are developed in one single level. This proposed relation of volumes gave us the dynamism that we were looking for the building. Voids increase this dynamism on a strong relation between empty-full components.

Minor Charges Court Building Proposal / ABA - Windows, Facade
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A central axis cuts the horizontal volume defining the entrance, and leading the user to the centre of the building. From there, the core of the building, users are guided to each court or service, through wide corridors and crossing green areas that appear in the patios.

Minor Charges Court Building Proposal / ABA - Facade, Windows
Courtesy of Metrocúbico Digital

Patios are a key element in the strategy we developed since they are created to bring natural lighting and ventilation to the internal areas of the volumes. They are generous and to be “filled” with vegetation in order to grant precious fresh air. The vegetation in the patios works also as a transition between the surrounding landscape and construction. In the north-east, the intervention area has a untouched native vegetation scenario and it was important for us to extend that to the intervention area.

Minor Charges Court Building Proposal / ABA - Facade
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The idea of a low cost building in terms of use and maintenance was always on our mind, so sustainability and the choice of materials played an important role in the project development. The whole building was thought to save energy and protect users from the weather conditions that are severe in terms of heating.

Minor Charges Court Building Proposal / ABA - Image 6 of 13
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The customized brise-soleil are the most visible element of the sustainability strategy,  but other technologies such as the green roof, photovoltaic panels, solar panels and rainwater reuse work together in order to achieve our goals.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuiabá, Brazil
  • Authors

    André Lira, Érika Santiago, Mariana Capossoli
  • Collaborators

    Elisangela Ottonelli, Márcia Aroma, Rui Silva
  • Consultants

  • Client

    Tribunal de Justiça do Mato Grosso
  • Status

    Tender Documentation
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Metrocúbico Digital, {"text"=>"", "type"=>"media_provider", "id"=>"5054327428ba0d64b200000f"}

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Minor Charges Court Building Proposal / ABA" 04 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/410893/minor-charges-court-building-proposal-aba> ISSN 0719-8884

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