Open side-bar Menu
 ArchShowcase
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.

Palace of Justice in Córdoba, Spain by mecanoo

 
March 14th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: mecanoo

The new Palace of Justice in Córdoba is located in Arroyo del Moro which is characteristically dominated by anonymous housing blocks, products of the rapid urban development of 21st century Spanish cities. The blocks that characterize the urban fabric of the zone were not capable of generating public space or offering something new to the city, but collectively they form a compact and coherent urban identity. The addition of a public institution to the area creates the opportunity to upgrade the public realm and add a civic quality to this relatively new neighborhood.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

  • Architects: mecanoo
  • Project: Palace of Justice
  • Location: Calle Isla Mallorca, Calle Isla Formentera, Calle Isla Gomera, Calle Cantabrico, Córdoba, Spain.
  • Photography: Fernando Alda
  • Structural engineer, Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineer: AYESA
  • Promotor Owner / Developer: Consejería de Justicia e Interior (Junta de Andalucía).
  • Size: 48,000 m2
  • Project Design: 2006
  • Project Realisation: 2014 – 2017

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

This responsibility to strengthen the public identity informed the concept for the Palace of Justice. While the Cordoba city center is located south-east from the site, the building volume was condensed to create a generous entrance square to the north which connects it with the existing Huerta del Sordillo gardens.

The massing strategy creates urban integration through fragmentation. It follows a similar strategy to the spontaneous growth process of medieval cities resulting in a volume which is carefully sculpted to adapt to the surrounding context. This results in a puzzle-like structure which hints its process of formation and emulates the experience of the dense historical center of Cordoba.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

The vertical fractures that are introduced in the building mass create patios, relating the local courtyard typologies. These fractures provide natural light and ventilation in the central zones of the large building. One can say that the sustainability of the building is not achieved by expensive technological mechanisms but by an intelligent interpretation of the vernacular architecture.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

The building is elevated two meters from the street level and is accessed by the sloping entrance square. This elevation gives a symbolic power to the building while solving problems of privacy and security created by the insertion of semi-open patios. Since the Palace is divided into several independent departments, the building requires several entrances that are positioned based on both internal and external hierarchies. You can access the building either from the main entrance square or smaller open patios carefully placed along the other 3 sides of the building.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

From the main entrance, the interior organization is easily recognizable. A central spine creates a circulation axis which connects to the various the programs of the building. This space spans through several floors across the length of the building and articulates each department. It also links the public circulation with the exterior patios.  The spine echoes the architectural language of the exterior massing, with multi-level day-lit voids creating sculptural atriums throughout the building.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

The internal functions become more private higher up the building. At the level of the square, the courthouse features an open ground floor that contains the most public sections such as courtrooms, marriage registry and restaurant. High security offices are situated off the upper courtyards and the archives and jail cells are found below ground level.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © mecanoo

Image Courtesy © mecanoo

Image Courtesy © mecanoo

Image Courtesy © mecanoo

Image Courtesy © mecanoo

Image Courtesy © mecanoo

Image Courtesy © mecanoo

Contact mecanoo

Tags: ,

Categories: Cafe, Courthouse, Garage, Offices, Palace, Prison

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

code

Canon: oce crystalPoint
Kenesto: 30 day trial
Bentley: RealityModeling
CADalog.com - Countless CAD add-ons, plug-ins and more.



Internet Business Systems © 2018 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
25 North 14th Steet, Suite 710, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise