New Law Courts of Caen

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The New Law Courts of Caen

French Legal Project: Court Building in France – design by Baumschlager Eberle, Architects

8 Aug 2016 + 22 Jan 2013

Caen Law Courts Building

Design: Baumschlager Eberle

The New Law Courts of Caen

Caen Law Courts Building
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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.

Caen Law Courts Building
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Caen Law Courts Building
photo © baumschlager eberle

Caen Law Courts Building
photo © Vincent Fillon

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 elementary methods of architecture correspond with each other as is the long tradition in Europe. 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.

Caen Law Courts Building
photo © Vincent Fillon

Caen Law Courts Building
photo © Vincent Fillon

Caen Law Courts Building
photo © baumschlager eberle


Caen Law Courts Building

photo © baumschlager eberle

An orthogonal pattern constitutes the base for the internal organisation of the law courts. The main rooms are adjacent to the facades; the corridors throughout the building always terminate at the facades. 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. 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. 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.

Caen Law Courts Building
photo © Vincent Fillon

Caen Law Courts Building
photo © Vincent Fillon

The buildings sustainable strategy is driven by two axis: the project offers both high comfort to the users and optimal 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. 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.

Caen Law Courts Building
photo © Vincent Fillon

Caen Law Courts Building
photo © Vincent Fillon

Caen Law Courts Building
photo © Vincent Fillon

Caen Law Courts Building – Building Information

Building type: public administration
Location: Rue Dumont d‘Urville, Caen, F
Client: Ministère de la Justice, APIJ Paris, F
Cicobail, Caisse d‘Epargne Normandie Charenton-le-Pont, F
Photography: Eduard Hueber, Brooklyn NY, USA archphoto.com
Architect: Baumschlager Eberle Architectes 7, rue Debelleyme Paris, F
Project lead: Anne Speicher
In Charge of Project: Manon Vaillé
Team: Charlotte Chebassier Benjamin Grousselas Jean-Marie Lesène Marc-Antoine Servella Mihaela Stanescu
Partner: atelier d‘architecture pierre champenois Montreuil, F
Landscape Architect: Sempervirens paysagiste Paris, F
Energy Concept: Egis Concept – Elioth Montreuil, F
Housing technology: Egis bâtiments, Centre-Ouest Ifs, F
Site area: 9.000 sqm
Building footprint: 2.097 sqm
Gross floor area: 8.840 sqm
Net floor area: 5.800 sqm
Primary Energy Consumption: heating, cooling, auxiliary energy, lighting: 51 kwh/ sqm/a (RT2012°
Competition: 2011-12
Start of planning: 2012
Start of construction: 2013
Completion: July 2015

Caen Law Courts Building
photo © Vincent Fillon

English text (scroll down for French):

Fundamental and transparent

Caen Law Courts
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Concerning urbanistic planning, the law courts of Caen redefines a new domain in the centre of the City. The design of BE Hauvette Paris and Atelier d’Architecture Pierre Champenois for this public building was recently presented to the public. It comes with a quadratic shape which comprises several duties and responsibilities: The cube underlines by its form the importance of jurisdiction by the means of architecture. The fundamental necessity of justice and the elementary methods of architecture correspond with each other as is a long tradition in Europe. The cube also puts an accent very clearly to the location where it is placed and the surrounding. The building constitutes with its public areas a self-confident district within an area which is under development now.

Caen Law Courts
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The shape of the building agrees not only with the tradition but of course with the more complex duties of law courts in the 21st century. An orthogonal pattern constitutes the base for the organisation of the needs of the law courts. The main rooms are adjacent to the facades; the corridors throughout the building always end at the facades. This results in good lighting, and a comfortable working area is provided. But this pattern involves more than a pragmatic and optimized organisation of the building – it involves an experience of interior space. From the main entrance, there is an axis leading directly to the middle of the building. This circular center spans all 5 floors; it is the heart of the law courts, a landmark and also a parameter for the interior area. A horizontal pendant to this vertical elevation depicts the first floor where the court rooms are positioned. The floor accommodates the two storey high court rooms but it is also surrounded by an external and comfortable layer for the attending audience of the court. This layer is completely glazed and provides a direct view to the entrances of the interior court rooms. At night it seems this public area is floating above the ground, at day the prominence of this storey is also accented by the interruption of the facades.

Caen Law Courts
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In so doing, the new law courts of Caen in Northern France communicate a message to its users and passer-byes: It is the message of transparency, of a stringent shape and essential architectural means. 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. The buildings sustainable strategy at Caen is driven by two axis: the project offers both high comfort to the users and optimal energy performance. The passive and active strategies ensure the building to achieve low energy consumption: a very compact volume, a doubleskin façade system and a bioclimatic atrium helps to reduce heat loss while increasing thermal inertia; geothermal heat pump brings both heating and cooling by using renewable energy. Materials were selected for their sanitary qualities and low impact on the environment. Rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation of the waiting hall and a global bioclimatic conception are many elements which will help the building to reach this sustainable challenge.

The law courts’ construction will start in the third quarter of 2013, and will be completed by the third quarter of 2015.

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THE NEW LAW COURTS OF CAEN

PROGRAMME: Law courts
LOCATION: Caen (14)m France
SURFACE: 9,242 m²
COST: 21 080 000 €

French text:

Le Futur Palais de Justice de Caen

Architecture fondamentale et transparence

Caen Law Courts
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Le futur palais de Justice se situe sur la presque île de Caen, au cœur de la ville. Le projet dessiné par BE Hauvette et l’Atelier d’Architecture Pierre Champenois exprime avant tout l’importance de l’institution. Architecture et Justice se rencontrent ici dans leur élémentarité : sa géométrie simple pour l’une et son rôle essentiel à l’égard de la société pour l’autre. L’implantation du bâtiment met en valeur son environnement proche et contribue à créer un espace public protégé au sein d’une zone en mutation.

Si les façades constituées d’une série régulière de poteaux en béton blanc marquent la solennité de cette institution ; la salle des pas perdus introduit quant à elle, une césure tant structurelle que symbolique et, à travers la vue panoramique sur la ville de Caen et de ses monuments, donne à voir l’image d’une Justice ouverte et accueillante, proche des citoyens. L’activité publique du palais ainsi mise en lumière devient l’emblème du projet, et exprime les valeurs démocratiques de la Justice.

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A ce parti architectural résolument contemporain, s’associent les enjeux du développement durable afin de conjuguer confort des utilisateurs et performance énergétique. C’est par une double stratégie passive et active que le projet s’assure de faibles consommations : une géométrie très compacte, une façade en double peau et un atrium bioclimatique permettent de réduire les déperditions tout en augmentant l’inertie thermique du bâtiment ; une pompe à chaleur à géothermie sur nappe d’eau souterraine offre le chauffage et le rafraîchissement par des énergies renouvelables. Les matériaux utilisés ont été sélectionnés notamment pour leur qualité sanitaire et leur entretien à faible impact environnemental. La récupération des eaux de pluie, la ventilation naturelle de la salle des pas perdus et plus généralement la conception bioclimatique sont autant d’éléments qui permettront de répondre à ces enjeux d’importance.

Ainsi, ce projet s’inscrit dans les objectifs du Ministère de la Justice de mettre à la disposition des juridictions un outil de travail contemporain performant répondant aux exigences actuelles de fonctionnalité, de sûreté et de sérénité tout en offrant des conditions d’accueil du public optimales.

La construction du futur palais de justice démarrera au troisième trimestre 2013 pour une mise en service au 3ème trimestre 2015.

LE FUTUR PALAIS DE JUSTICE DE CAEN
TYPE : Palais de justice
LIEU : Caen (14) – FRANCE
SURFACE : 9 242m² surface plancher
COUT DE CONSTRUCTION NET: 21 080 000 €

LE FUTUR PALAIS DE JUSTICE DE CAEN / THE NEW LAW COURTS OF CAEN

TYPE / PROGRAMME : Palais de justice / Law courts
LIEU / LOCATION : Caen (14) – FRANCE
SURFACE / SURFACE : 9 242m² surface planche
COUT DE CONSTRUCTION NET / COST : 21 080 000 €

CALENDRIER / TIMETABLE : 3ème trimestre 2013 : Début des travaux
3ème trimestre 2015 : Mise en service

Caen Law Courts images / information from Baumschlager Eberle – BE Hauvette Paris and Atelier d’Architecture Pierre Champenois

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