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Azusa Sekkei Designs Historic Courthouse Expansion for Nihon University

05:00 - 3 January, 2019
Azusa Sekkei Designs Historic Courthouse Expansion for Nihon University, Nihon University Newcastle Campus. Image Courtesy of Azusa Sekkei
Nihon University Newcastle Campus. Image Courtesy of Azusa Sekkei

Japanese practice Azusa Sekkei has been selected for the Newcastle Courthouse adaptive reuse in Australia. The project will become an international campus for the Tokyo-based Nihon University. The proposed facility will include the demolition of later modern additions to the courthouse that will be replaced by four story buildings. Designed with minimalist aesthetics, the project is made to follow the symmetry of the former courthouse while conserving the original structure for educational programs.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: "To Understand a Building, Go There, Open your Eyes, and Look!"

09:30 - 8 August, 2018
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: "To Understand a Building, Go There, Open your Eyes, and Look!" , © Nina Vidic, via ELEMENTAL. ImageUC Innovation Center / ELEMENTAL
© Nina Vidic, via ELEMENTAL. ImageUC Innovation Center / ELEMENTAL

Six years ago Susan Szenasy and I had the honor of interviewing Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer for Metropolis magazine. While he was a federal appeals judge in Boston, Breyer played a key role in shepherding the design and construction of the John Joseph Moakley United State Courthouse, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. In 2011 Justice Breyer joined the jury of the Pritzker Prize. Given his long involvement with architecture, I thought it would be fun to catch up with him. So, on the final day of court before breaking for the summer recess, I talked to Justice Breyer about his experience as a design client, how to create good government buildings, and why public architecture matters.

Sou Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés Propose a Sweeping Canopy for French Court House

12:00 - 10 March, 2018
Sou Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés Propose a Sweeping Canopy for French Court House, Courtesy of MIR
Courtesy of MIR

Sou Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés Architects Urban Planners’ proposal for a pale sweeping canopy enclosing a stacked glazed volume was among the four finalists for the new Palais de justice in Lille, France organized by the Public Agency for Justice’s Real Estate (APIJ). Though the competition drew 139 international proposals, from which OMA was ultimately selected, Fujimoto and Coldefy & Associés' graceful structure was designed to house the high and district courts as well as public spaces within a facility in dialogue with its natural surroundings.

See the full proposal below.

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop's First Canadian Project Will Be the New Toronto Courthouse

14:00 - 26 February, 2018
Rendering by PIXELFLAKES. Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Rendering by PIXELFLAKES. Image © Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in partnership with NORR Architects & Engineers, has been selected to design the new Toronto Courthouse, to be located adjacent to Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall in the city’s downtown civic core. When finished, it will be Piano’s first competed project in Canada.

OMA's Colorful Base, Tower and Ring Scheme Wins Competition for New Courthouse in Lille, France

12:00 - 20 February, 2018

Update 2/20/18: We've added a gallery of additional images to the post!

OMA has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of the new Palais de justice (courthouse) in Lille, France. Located on the outskirts of the city near the historic Vauban fortifications, the new courthouse will house the high court and district court of Lille within a colorful, expressive volume.

View from the parvis. Image © OMA / ArtefactoryLab View of the Salle Des Pas Perdus. Image © OMA / ArtefactoryLab © OMA Site plan. Image © OMA + 12

Mecanoo & Ayesa’s Palace of Justice Nears Completion in Córdoba

06:00 - 14 March, 2017
Mecanoo & Ayesa’s Palace of Justice Nears Completion in Córdoba, © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

CBack in 2006, the team of Mecanoo and Ayesa placed first in an international competition with its winning proposal for a perforated courthouse in Córdoba, combining the area’s historical character with a modern twist. Now, after almost a decade, the Palace of Justice is set for completion later this year, having broken ground in 2015.

Inspired by Córdoba’s Moorish origins, the design balances a contemporary concrete mass with traditional exterior courtyard spaces; a reflection of the plan of the old city. These are faced by colored ceramic tiles, which break the façade’s uniformity.

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda + 12

SADAR + VUGA Selected to Design Supreme Court of Albania

14:00 - 29 July, 2016
SADAR + VUGA Selected to Design Supreme Court of Albania, Courtesy of SADAR + VUGA
Courtesy of SADAR + VUGA

SADAR + VUGA and local partner PRG°B R Architektur have been awarded first prize in a competition for the new Headquarters for the Supreme Court and School of Magistrates in Tirana, Albania. The winning proposal, selected from a pool of over 30 international firms and from a shortlist of 5 finalists, renovates an existing 3,000 square meter Italian Rationalist structure while adding four light-filled courtrooms and a new educational block.

Courtesy of SADAR + VUGA Courtesy of SADAR + VUGA Courtesy of SADAR + VUGA Courtesy of SADAR + VUGA + 14

Mecanoo & Ayesa Break Ground on Spanish Palace of Justice

09:00 - 9 April, 2015
Mecanoo & Ayesa Break Ground on Spanish Palace of Justice, © Mecanoo
© Mecanoo

Mecanoo and Ayesa have broke ground on its "Palace of Justice" courthouse in a residential area of Córdoba, Spain. The first-prize winning proposal of an international design competition in 2006, the project was significantly delayed by the area's economic instability. Slated for completion in 2017, the building aims to unify the neighborhood's mix of contemporary and historic influences while providing essential public services for the region.

© Mecanoo © Mecanoo Foyer. Image © Mecanoo Model. Image © Mecanoo + 10

3XN wins competition for new Frederiksberg Courthouse in Denmark

11:38 - 26 November, 2009
Exterior  © 3XN
Exterior © 3XN

Danish office 3XN is “on fire” this year: they won the competition for the Randers Museum of Art, the competition for a new cultural center in Aarhus, the Saxo Bank won the RIBA International Award, and Kim Herforth Nielsen (partner and founder) received Denmark’s highest Architectural Honour, the C.F. Hansen Medal.

And now, they won the competition for the Frederiksberg Courthouse in Denmark, an extension to a neo-classical building. The new building follows the line of the neighborhood’s architecture, reinterpreted in a contemporary style, following the horizontal lines, materials and roof.

From the public square right next to the building, the heavy volume looks lighter as the opening in the corner give a sense of cantilevering.

More images and the architect’s description after the break: