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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Hasselt Court Of Justice in Belgium by J. MAYER H. Architects (designed using ArchiCAD, Rhino, and Maya)

December 8th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: J. MAYER H. Architects

The Court of Justice is one of two iconic projects within the new urban development around the main rail station. The logistics and siting of a courthouse with multiple security barriers of security results in a massing composed of three interconnected volumes. References include the old industrial steel structures that formerly occupied and defined the site, their organic Belgian Art Nouveau forms constituting part of the cultural heritage of Hasselt. There are also echoes of a tree, which, in addition to being is the Hasselt town emblem, as well as also harks back to the historicpre-medieval European tradition  of holding a special “place of speaking justice” underneath a large tree in the center of a dwelling.

Image Courtesy Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Project: Hasselt Court Of Justice
  • Location: Monseigneur Broekxplein, 3500 Hasselt
  • Client: Stationsomgeving NV Hasselt, Hasselt, Belgium
  • Function: Courthouse including  Offices
  • Site area: 3640 qm
  • Building area: 3200 qm
  • Total floor area: 21600 qm
  • Stories: 13
  • Software used: ArchiCad, Rhino, Maya

Park (Image Courtesy Filip Dujardin)

  • Structure : concrete and steel
  • Announcement date: February 2007
  • International Competition: 2005, 1st Prize
  • Project Timescale: 2005–12
  • Projected Completion: Spring 2012
  • Architect Design: J. MAYER H. Architects, a2o-architecten, Lensºass architecten
  • J. MAYER H. Architects Team: Jürgen Mayer H., Georg Schmidthals, Marcus Blum, Güvenc Özel, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand
  • a2o-architecten Team: Luc Vanmuysen, Jo Berben, Tim Vekemans, Mannfred Benditz
  • Lensºass architecten Team: Bart Lens, Massimo Pignanelli, Philippe Dirix, Jan Achten


Front new screens (Image Courtesy Filip Dujardin)

Phase 1: Redevelopment of the railway-station area in Hasselt based on the West 8 masterplan, including two iconic buildings and low-rise blocks for hotels, offices, and housing.
Phase 2: Court of Justice, Hasselt.


Back View (Image Courtesy Filip Dujardin)

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Image Courtesy Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy Filip Dujardin

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Categories: ArchiCAD, Government Building, Maya, Rhino, Urban Design

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