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.
|Dates||1992 - 1998|
|Gross Internal Area||25,000m²|
|Number of Floors||5|
|Client||Ministère de la Justice &|
|Tribunal de Grande Instance|
|The Architect||Richard Rogers Partnership|
|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|
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