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Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

In an ingenious way – the introduction of a ‘light street’ – this renovation project adds new life, light and space to this deep and dark former offi ce building. This indoor street is the walkway for all reception functions, as well as the supporting element of this energetic concept.

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Location: ZWEVEGEM, Belgium
  • Photography: Klaas Verdru
  • Client: Municipal Zwevegem


  • Project director: Claude Labeeuw
  • Design architect: Arch. Steven Vanwildemeersch
  • Interior architect: Int. arch. Bart Decloedt


  • Specified execution term: implementation by Sileghem & Partners
  • Actual execution term: implementation by Sileghem & Partners


  • Area surface: Land use of the building:
  • Gross floor area: 5.262 m²

Energy Performance [EPB]

  • E level: E30 – K level: K24


  • Originally estimated budget: € 3.758.491,75
  • Contracted budget: € 5 678 645,23


  • Closed shell construction: Detrac nv
  • Walls, ceilings and interior joinery: Bekaert Building Company nv
  • Floors, chape and patch work: Dé-bouw nv
  • Fixed furniture: De Grande Projects nv
  • Sanitary, HVAC: Develtere Chauffage nv
  • Electricity and data: Bryon nv
  • Lifts: Coopman Liften nv
  • Painting, curtains and signalisation: Van De Kerkhof bvba
  • Surroundings: Tuinen Descamps bvba

Baoan Government Hall in Shenzhen, China by MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


This is a design for the town hall and seat of government for the new district of Baoan in the city of Shenzhen, located near Hong Kongin main land China.  The region is one of the Chinese government’s ‘special enterprise zones’ and has recently experienced an economic boom, becoming one of the main high-tech centers in China.


Town Hall for regional government

  • Total: 750,000 sq.ft. (70,000 m2)
  • Offices: 48,000 sq.ft. (4,500 m2)
  • Auditorium: 1,200 seats
  • Exhibition Hall: 65,000 sq.ft. (5,600 m2)
  • Hotel with convention facilities: 110,000 sq.ft. (10,200 m2)

Completion of New Court of Justice in Hasselt, Belgium by J. MAYER H. Architects

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Article source: J. MAYER H. Architects 

September 13th, 2013 marks the opening of “Court of Justice” in Hasselt, designed by the architects team of J. MAYER H. Architects, a2o-architecten and Lensºass architecten. After finishing the exterior skin already in 2011, the interior was completed in spring of 2013.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects , a2o-architecten & Lensºass architecten
  • Project: Completion of New Court of Justice
  • Location: Hasselt, Belgium
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin , Philippe van Gelooven, Bieke Claessens
  • Client: n.v. SOHA (Stedelijke ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Hasselt) – Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Hasselt + Euro Immo Star)
  • Construction Company: T.H.V. Hasaletum nv (Democo nv – Cordeel nv – Interbuild nv)
  • Tenant: Regie der Gebouwen
  • User: Federale Overheidsdienst Justitie
  • Square Footage: 20.763 m² above-ground spaces (Offices, Meeting-Rooms, Library, Reception, Cafeteria, Court rooms) 4.694 m² Underground spaces (Archive), 3.384 m² Underground spaces Parking Lot
  • Construction Start: October 2008 , Opening: September 2013
  • Project-manager: Eurostation NV
  • Structural Engineering: M. & A. Van Wetter BVBA
  • Technical Engineering: Eurostation NV
  • Controlling and Fire Protection: Seco CV
  • Construction Surveying: Eurostation -+ Regie der Gebouwen + Lens°ass
  • Software used: ArchiCad

General Department of Information System in Kuwait by AGi architects & Bonyan Design

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Article source: AGi architects & Bonyan Design

The design proposal for the General Department of Information System (GDIS), in Kuwait, developed by AGi architects in collaboration with Bonyan Design, is based on three principles: representativeness, security and functionality, turning the complex -with a total gross area of 135,482 sqm- into a strong civil icon representing Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior Affairs.

Image Courtesy © AGi architects & Bonyan Design

  • Architects: AGi architects & Bonyan Design
  • Project: General Department of Information System
  • Location: Kuwait
  • Type: Institutional, 135,482 sqm, Competition – First prize
  • Date: 2013
  • Client: Ministry of Interior Affairs and Ministry of Public Works

Burgos Justice Palace in Spain by Primitivo González, Architect

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Article source: Primitivo González, Architect

This building, completed at the end of the 19th century in a neo-classical style, is still in use today, as the seat of the Supreme Courts of the Region of Castilla and León, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the District High Court. In recent years it had become considerably run down.

Image Courtesy Paisajes Españoles

  • Architects: Primitivo González, Architect
  • Project: Burgos Justice Palace
  • Location: Burgos, Spain
  • A project by: estudio primitivo gonzalez arquitectos
  • Type: Governmental – Justice Building
  • Location: Burgos, Spain
  • Building status: Built
  • Promoter: Ministerio De Justicia Spain
  • Photographs:

    • Color: Fg+Sg
    • Black And White: Ricardo González
    • Aerial Photography: Paisajes Españoles


New Parliament of Georgia by CMD Ingenieros

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Article source: CMD Ingenieros

The building of the new Parliament of Georgia wants to project a modern and organic image as a reflection of the big changes that the country is experiencing. The first thing to change is the location. The new Parliament is moving from Tbilisi to Kutaisi, to a large area, which will soon become a great park hosting such this singular building.


  • Architects: CMD Ingenieros
  • Project: New Parliament of Georgia
  • Location: Georgia
  • Year of the Project: 2010
  • Year of Construction: 2011-2012
  • Client: Kutaisi City Hall
  • Surface: 45,000 square meters
  • Budget: Euros 82,000,000


La Cite des Affaires in Saint-Étienne, France by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Article source: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

The site is a vital liaison point between the centre of Saint-Etienne and the new Chateaucreux neighbourhood, to which it forms a major entranceway. It also constitutes a pole grouping several government bodies that will set up there : Regional Development Authority, Tax Services, Epora, Saint-Etienne Métropole, and so on. Service and leisure facilities will also be part of the mix: shared corporate restaurant, café, tourism bureau for the metropiltan area.

Image Courtesy Vincent Fillon

  • Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
  • Project: La Cite des Affaires
  • Location: Saint-Étienne, France
  • Architect Team: Manuelle Gautrand, representative architect, Thomas Daragon, works project manager, Yves Tougard, studies project manager
  • Client: Altarea-Cogedim
  • Photography: Philippe Ruault, Vincent Fillon


Colorado Court in Santa Monica, California by Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Colorado Court
is one of the first buildings of its type in the United States that is 100% energy independent. Colorado Court distinguishes itself from most conventionally developed projects in that it incorporates energy efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy use during all phases of construction and occupancy. The planning and design of Colorado Court emerged from close consideration and employment of passive solar design strategies. These strategies include: locating and orienting the building to control solar cooling loads; shaping and orienting the building for exposure to prevailing winds; shaping the building to induce buoyancy for natural ventilation; designing windows to maximize day lighting; shading south facing windows and minimizing west-facing glazing; designing windows to maximize natural ventilation; shaping and planning the interior to enhance daylight and natural air flow distribution.

Colorado Court

  • Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
  • Project: Colorado Court
  • Location: 502 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Client/Owner: Community Corporation of Santa Monica
  • Total Square Footage: 30,150 square feet
  • Designed: 2000
  • Completed: 2002
  • Cost: $5,200,000.00(US)


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

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect
More projects by Zaha Hadid

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


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

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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


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