Courthouse | Limoges
program: feasibility study for a new courthouse with five courtrooms and their annexes, court office and entry hall.
client: Ministry of Justice | APIJ
rendering: Damien Laurens
size: 63,507 sq. ft.
delivery: May 2010
This scheme proposes that by demolishing the historic building on the site, the street alignment can be recreated and reinforced with a new contemporary architectural insertion.
Two levels of offices are superimposed over the concourse. This dynamic bar overlooking the square cantilevers to achieve the street alignment and in doing so creates a covered entre to the courthouse entry.
The construction of a new courthouse is an opportunity to design a contemporary facade, which will strengthen the urban identity of the place.
The new courthouse is not self-effacing. The proposal affirms that the courthouse project should without reservation become a new contemporary symbol of civic architecture for the city of Limoges.