BAR OF JUSTICE
TRIBUNAL DE GRANDE INSTANCE & URBANISATION ZONE
Paris, France - 2006
In the aim of creating a strong identity for the High Court, we had decided to conceive a volume that is imposing by itself, and yet discreet on the urban level.
This image was inspired by our vision of Law and Order, that shouldn’t be violently imposed on citizens, but when needed, should show force and institute respect.
Moreover on the given site, there already existed the early 20th century concrete-built Freyssinet Hall that the brief called for conservation.
This conservation, implied that functionally we didn’t need to add much height to the additional building, therefore reinforcing the urban level discretion, and using the Freyssinet Hall and the Justice Bar as complementary elements on all levels: functional, aesthetic and volumetric.
This complementarity responded perfectly to the highly complex internal network and functional connectivity of the given program.