Palais de Justice Caen

Palais de Justice Caen by Baumschlager Eberle Architectes




Palais de Justice Caen
Photo © Vincent Fillon

The law courts of Caen redefines a new domain of urban planning in the centre of the City. The original design from the office of Christian Hauvette& associés was revised by Baumschlager Eberle Architectes together with the Atelier Pierre Champenois a former partner of Christian Hauvette.

Palais de Justice Caen
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It comes with a simple geometry which comprises several duties and responsibilities: the cube underlines the importance of jurisdiction by the means of its architectural form. The fundamental necessity of justice and the ele- mentary methods of architecture correspond with each other as is the long tradition in Europe.

Palais de Justice Caen
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The cube also clearly reflects its location and surroundings. The building and its public spaces constitute a self-confident district within an area which is under development. An orthogonal pattern constitutes the base for the internal organisation of the law courts. The main rooms are adja- cent to the facades; the corridors throughout the building always terminate at the facades.

Palais de Justice Caen
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This results in good lighting and comfortable working areas. But this pattern involves more than a pragmatic and optimized organisation of the building – it involves an experience of interior space. The circular centre spans all 5 floors; it is the heart of the law courts, a landmark and also a parameter for the interior area.

Palais de Justice Caen
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A horizontal band highlights the first floor where the court rooms are located. In so doing, the new law courts of Caen in Northern France communicate a message both to its users and to pedestrians: transparency, stringent shape and essential architectural means.

Palais de Justice Caen
Photo © Vincent Fillon

Therefore it is not so far away from what a European civilisation expects from jurisdiction. But our civilisation today expects even more from a building – it should simply add to the longevity of our world.

Palais de Justice Caen
Photo © Vincent Fillon

The buildings sustainable strategy is driven by two axis: the project offers both high comfort to the users and opti- mal energy performance. The passive and active strategies ensure the building achieves low energy consumption: a very compact volume, a double skin façade system and a bioclimatic atrium which helps to reduce heat loss while increasing thermal inertia.

Palais de Justice Caen
Photo © Vincent Fillon

This project is part of the Ministry of Justice’s goals to provide the courts a contemporary environment, corresponding to the current requirements of functionality, safety and serenity, while providing optimal public reception conditions. Source by Baumschlager Eberle Architectes.

Palais de Justice Caen
Photo © Vincent Fillon
  • Location: Rue Dumont d‘Urville, Caen, France
  • Architect: Baumschlager Eberle
  • Project lead: Anne Speicher
  • In Charge of Project: Manon Vaillé
  • Project Team: Charlotte Chebassier, Benjamin Grousselas, Jean-Marie Lesène, Marc-Antoine Servella, Mihaela Stanescu
  • Partner: atelier d‘architecture pierre champenois
  • Landscape Architect: Sempervirens paysagiste
  • Energy Concept: Egis Concept – Elioth
    Montreuil, F
  • Housing technology: Egis bâtiments, Centre-Ouest Ifs
  • Client: Ministère de la Justice, APIJ Paris, Cicobail, Caisse d‘Epargne, Normandie Charenton-le-Pont
  • Site area: 9.000 m2
  • Building footprint: 2.097 m2
  • Gross floor area: 8.840 m2
  • Net floor area: 5.800 m2
  • Primary Energy Consumption: heating, cooling, auxiliary
    energy, lighting 51 kwh/ m²/a (RT2012°
  • Completion: July 2015
  • Photographs: Eduard Hueber (archphoto.com), Vincent Fillon, Courtesy of Baumschlager Eberle Architectes
Palais de Justice Caen
Photo © Vincent Fillon
Palais de Justice Caen
Photo © Vincent Fillon
Palais de Justice Caen
Photo © Vincent Fillon
Palais de Justice Caen
Photo © Vincent Fillon

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