Bordeaux Law Courts

Following a competition stage, RRP was commissioned by the French Ministry of Justice to design new law courts for the city of Bordeaux that would emphasise, through a feeling of transparency and openness, a positive perception of the accessibility of the French justice system. The brief called for nine civil and criminal courts, administrative offices and a large public space, the Salle des Pas Perdus, leading to all the courtrooms.

The site is located in the heart of the historic core of Bordeaux, near the medieval cathedral and forming a backdrop to the imposing Neo-Calssical Palais de Justice facing the Place de la République. The presence of a stretch of the medieval city wall, complete with medieval towers, and an existing law school from the 1970s provided tight and challenging boundary conditions.

 

Project data
   
Location Bordeaux, France
Uses Category Civic
Dates 1992 - 1998
   
Area
   
Gross Internal Area 25,000m²
   
Number of Floors 5
   
Costs
   
Construction Cost £27,000,000
   
Client Ministère de la Justice &
  Tribunal de Grande Instance  
   
The Architect Richard Rogers Partnership
   
Team  
Stephen Barrett, Elliot Boyd, Mike Davies, Pascale Gibon, Marco Goldschmied, Lennart Grut, Philip Gumuchdjian, Jackie Hands, Ivan Harbour, Avery Howe, Eric Jaffrès, Amarjit Kalsi, Stig Larsen, Carmel Lewin, Avtar Lotay, Annette Main, Sophie Nguyen, Tamiko Onozawa, Louise Palomba, Kim Quazi, Richard Rogers, Dan Sibert, Simon Smithson, John Young
   
Acoustic Consultant Sound Research Laboratories
   
Cladding Consultant Rice Francis Ritchie
   
Landscape Architect Dan Kiley / Edward Hutchison / Branch Associates
   
Lighting Consultant Lighting Design Partnership
   
Main Contractor Spie Citra Midi Atlantique
   
Quantity Surveyor Interfaces, Ingèrop
   
Services Engineer OtH Sud-Ouest / Ove Arup & Partners
   
Site Management OtH Sud-Ouest
   
Structural Engineer Ove Arup & Partners / OtH Sud-Ouest