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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.

Courthouse Béziers in France by Ateliers 2/3/4/

 
January 10th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ateliers 2/3/4/

Open on to the city by nature, more than any other, a public building is an urban component. It signifies, invites, brings the city alive. The court plays on the duality between the urban monumentality of a judicial institution and the serenity necessary to handle delicate cases that affect people’s lives. Between stacks of three layers of rock, as stone blocks in a quarry, extends a landscaped oasis that filters the light, tempers the atmosphere and links the areas accessible to the public. The voids qualify the solids: at each level, projections and patios locate between the blocks. The stepped masses encourage the light to enter, creating internal landscapes to protect the premises from any intrusive view. As such, security of the facades and confidentiality are provided with ease.

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

  • Architects: Ateliers 2/3/4/ (Christine EDEIKINS, Partner)
  • Project: Courthouse Béziers (Construction of the new Court House: High Court, County Court, Commercial court, Employment tribunal)
  • Location: Béziers, 93, avenue du Président Wilson / 34500 Béziers / France
  • Photography: Charly Broyez, WeAreContents
  • Client: APIJ (Agence Publique pour l’Immobilier de la Justice)
  • Team: Sylvain Rety (Project Manager, competition), Camille Etivant (Project Manager, studies), Louis Gilbert (Project Manager, studies), Franck Tillequin (Lead architect, director of the Montpellier office), Cristina Sanchez (Project Manager, contruction site)
  • Consultant Engineer: CET, Frédéric Ménière
  • Landscape designer: Tournesol, Francis Farges
  • Interior and furniture design: Guliver design, Bruno Tainturier
  • SOGEA SUD: General contractor mandatory
  • SNEF: Electricity
  • Thermatic: Heating, ventilation system, plumbing
  • Ground Area: 4 345 m²
  • Floor Area: 8 057 m²
  • Contract Sum: 16.5M€ excl.VAT (2016)
  • Completion: 2016

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Monochrome, through its irregularities, bubbles, scratches and bumps, the sandblasted and hammered concrete gives strength and thickness to a rustic material. A symbol of justice, the parvis is here the antechamber, the introduction, the sheltered outside institution; open to urban life it soothes, protects and welcomes.

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Softened, serene, comfort light

Voids open between the rocks to form light wells and crevices, terraces and patios; sources of light. This compact device provides a temperate climate within, an indoor environment marked by transparency and the play of light. The atmosphere modulates with the seasons in accordance with the need for protection from the sun or for it to enter the space.

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

The transparency of the lobbies gives glimpses to the central patio shadow garden planted with tree ferns, that distributes and links the public waiting areas and courtrooms.

Built-in furniture within public areas and the office furniture have been designed to ensure the comfort and modernity of reception and work areas. By its formal and constructive sobriety, each detail contributes to the perception of the sensuality of the materials and the comfort of the building, to contribute to a serene justice.

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © WeAreContents

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Image Courtesy © WeAreContents

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Image Courtesy © WeAreContents

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Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

Image Courtesy © Charly Broyez

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