Court of Justice, Hasselt, Belgium by J. Mayer H
Berlin-based architectural practice, J. Mayer H, have designed the Court of Justice project. Completed in 2013, the new Court of Justice can be found in Hasselt, Belgium.
On September 13th, the Court of Justice in Hasselt was opened to the public. Designed by a team of architects from J. Mayer H. Architects, a2o-architecten and Lensºass architecten, the new building is a contemporary landmark structure for the city.
After completing the exterior facade in 2011, the interior design was completed in spring of 2013. The new court of justice is an open, transparent building with direct public access, combining the Court of Justice with a university library and auditoriums for the faculty of law. In keeping with the building’s logistical requirements and safety provisions, the structure is divided into three separate units: courtrooms, the library for students and an office tower with a 64-meters-high panorama restaurant on top from, which offers a panoramic views of the city of Hasselt and its surroundings.
Based on a master plan by West 8, the former railway station site has been restructured with a park, public buildings, offices and hotels, as well as urban residential blocks. The team of architects have designed one of the two high-rise buildings, ‘the new court of justice’, a structure that stands as a contemporary urban landmark of the new district. References in the design process point to both the image of the ‘tree’, the hazelnut trees in the city’s coat of arms, and steel structures in the once industrial and Art Nouveau-influenced area.
Images courtesy of Filip Dujardin, Philippe van Gelooven and Bieke Claessens
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