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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.

Civil Courts of Justice in Madrid, Spain by Zaha Hadid Architect

February 24th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect
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Soft, dynamic tectonic turns establish the new Civil Courts of Justice as a pivotal point for an urban masterplan – horizontal shifts in mass generate ‘elasticity’, drawing visitors to a structure which ‘floats’ above ground plain – shifting metallic panels animate the façade – a spiraling atrium within curls around a public courtyard.

Civil Courts of Justice

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architect
  • Project: Civil Courts of Justice
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Area: 74,448m2
  • Overground: 49,033m²
  • Underground: 25,415m²

Civil Courts of Justice

  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Juan Ignacio Aranguren
  • Competition Team: Andrés Arias Madrid, Jimena Araiza Olivera Toro, Brian Dale, Amit Gupta, Ho-ping Hsia, Sara Sheikh Akbari, Tomas Rabl, Paulo E. Flores
  • Structural: Ove Arup & Partners
  • MEP / Services: Ove Arup & Partners


Civil Courts of Justice

The new Civil Courts of Justice building inserts a symbolic public space at the heart of an ambitious urban masterplan – becoming its pivotal point, serving as a vital reference, providing structure and organisation.

Civil Courts of Justice

In both its formal language and architectural design the building contradicts the static configuration of its surrounding buildings, utilizing soft, dynamic tectonic turns. Simultaneously, horizontal shifts in its mass, produce a pronounced sense of elasticity, grounding it to the masterplan campus, yet also drawing visitors into the interior of a structure which appears to float above the ground plain.

Civil Courts of Justice

The building’s envelope comprises a double-ventilated façade, its exterior composed of metallic panels, responsive to environmental and program conditions. All panels shift as required, while those at rooftop level incorporate photovoltaic cells.

Civil Courts of Justice

Within, a spiraling semi-circular atrium circles and climbs to overlook a public courtyard – a natural reference point for visitors moving through the space.

Civil Courts of Justice

Civil Courts of Justice

Civil Courts of Justice


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