Underground parking lot
Client: French Ministry of Justice
Surface area: 21,000 m²
Construction costs: 35 million €
Design competiton: 1986
Project architects: François Daubail, Nika Jannin, Ignacio Gomez Pulido
Associate Project architect: Bernard Faye
Engineering: Marc Mimram and INGEROP SEEE,
Environmental engineering: Hubert Penicaud
The design breif
Design objectives seeking to link urban integration with the specific nature of the institution of justice.
Create an open and clear building in which employees and visitors feel respected and understood.
There has been a specific effort in the quality of the spacers and the detailing in an attempt to reduce the feeling of anxiety, which may be associated with such a formal institution.
The complexity of such a program, its vocation, its location in the heart of the city, have been major elements in the design of a public building with a notable presence.
This legal complex confirms its institutional function by the rigor and the readability of its composition.
While respecting the scale and formality of the building, the use of glass, natural wood, and bush-hammered exposed concrete give the space its solemn character without being ostentatious.
To the south, while strongly linked to the central building, the Commercial Court and Labor Tribunal express their autonomy.