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Regional Court and Industrial Tribunal at Montmorency / Dominique Coulon & Associés

Regional Court and Industrial Tribunal at Montmorency / Dominique Coulon & Associés

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Montmorency, France
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© David Romero-Uzeda
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Text description provided by the architects. The theme of the project is accessible justice. This is an unostentatious public building within the urban fabric. We opted for modest, elegant exterior architecture, preferring a facing in brick, a timeless material which becomes more attractive with age. This choice also enables the building to blend in with its immediate surroundings.

© David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda

The treatment of the entrance, worked as a lateral hollow on the main façade, constitutes a break with the traditional symmetrical composition of court buildings. From the outside, this entrance – on a single level – is on a modest scale.

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Once inside the building, however, the public lobby is three storeys high, with a high-placed opening capturing light from the south. There is a feeling of solemnity. A second monumental empty space contains a magnificent garden – an internal lung for the building. Given its scale, this space has the great advantage of providing a view and natural light to the two courtrooms and to the public lobby.

© Patrick Miara
© Patrick Miara

A beautiful oak tree (Quercus robur) symbolising justice is planted in the soil. The ground and vertical walls are covered with ivy, adding the finishing touch to the soothing atmosphere of the place. Our intention is to provide a calm, soothing atmosphere to counteract the tension that so often exists in such places.

© David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda

The project offers surprising spatial sequences, a progressive architectural promenade from the sober but bright forecourt to the public lobby, where emotions run strong.

The diversity of the materials used personalises and reflects the different aspects of the judiciary’s work. The richness of the volumes, both sober and sculptural, shapes this interior space with an idealised, private urbanity, lending the whole the character of a small-scale yet very real judicial centre.

© Patrick Miara
© Patrick Miara

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Address:143 Charles de Gaulle Avenue, 95160 Montmorency, France

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Cite: "Regional Court and Industrial Tribunal at Montmorency / Dominique Coulon & Associés" 03 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/562896/regional-court-and-industrial-tribunal-at-montmorency-dominique-coulon-and-associes> ISSN 0719-8884

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