The City of Justice of Barcelona is one of the great projects of David Chipperfield, in collaboration with the Barcelona studio b720 Arquitectos.
Really impressive numbers for the winners of the 2002 International restricted participation in the competition: 241,519.92 square meters, 11,666 windows, 96,500 m³ of concrete of which 9,500 m³ used for facades, 130 designers, including architects and collaborators, 10,000 drawings for the project alone executive, 3,677 days spent on the project, 14 crane used for the construction.
The principal proposition of the project breaks down the massive programme into a series of separate but interrelated blocks on a public plaza, giving a spatial composition that attempts to break the rigid and monolithic image of justice. The project also attempts to provide equilibrium to the relationships between the different working areas, public areas and landscape. A group of four large judicial buildings are situated around the perimeter of a linking concourse building. They generally contain courtrooms at ground floor and a further three floors. All of these floors are accessed directly from the concourse building, which acts as a filter. The concourse building also gathers people at the start and completion of their judicial visit within a central public room, which overlooks the exterior plaza.
Mark Walls explains the reasons for choosing the raised floors Monotile.
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