mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
 

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'

mecanoo has teamed up with engineering firm ayesa to complete a new courthouse in southern spain. serving the city of córdoba, the new palace of justice is located in a neighborhood dominated by anonymous housing blocks — products of the rapid urban development of 21st century spanish cities. ‘the addition of a public institution to the area creates the opportunity to upgrade the public realm and add a civic quality to this relatively new neighborhood,’ says the design team.

 

UPDATE: this project was shortlisted in the ‘civic and community – completed buildings’ category at the 2018 world architecture festival.

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
all images © fernando alda | video © mecanoo

 

 

importantly, mecanoo and ayesa elevated the structure two meters above street level, a gesture that solves problems of privacy and security, while giving ‘symbolic power to the building’. as the palace is divided into independent departments, several entrances were required. this means that visitors can obtain access either from the main square or via smaller patios placed along the other three sides of the institution.

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
the building serves the southern spanish city of córdoba

 

 

from the main entrance, the interior’s organization is immediately recognizable. a central spine, which connects the various programs, spans through several floors across the length of the building, articulating each department. this primary route also links the public circulation with the exterior patios. the spine echoes the architectural language of the exterior massing, with multi-level day-lit voids creating sculptural atriums.

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
the structure is elevated two meters above street level

 

 

the palace of justice features an open ground floor that contains the most public areas of the building such as courtrooms, marriage registry, and a restaurant. meanwhile, high security offices are situated off the upper courtyards, while the archives and jail cells are found below ground.
 the project features ‘vertical fractures’, which have been introduced to create patios that relate to the region’s local courtyard typologies. these voids also help provide natural light and ventilation throughout the design.

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
voids help provide natural light and ventilation throughout the design

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
the building is located in a neighborhood dominated by anonymous housing blocks

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
the courthouse can be accessed via a number of different entrances

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
the institution features a distinctively patterned façade

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
the interior is organized around a central spine

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
interior spaces appear brightly lit, despite the lack of windows

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
the ground floor contains the most public areas of the building

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
high security offices are situated off the upper courtyards

mecanoo + ayesa articulate monolithic córdoba courthouse around 'vertical fractures'
an aerial view of the building, shown in relation to the historic city center

 

 

project info:

 

size: 48,000 sqm
project design: 2006
project realization: 2014 – 2017

address: calle isla mallorca, calle isla formentera, calle isla gomera, calle cantabrico, córdoba, spain

promoter / owner / developer: consejería de justicia e interior (junta de andalucía).
program: courthouse with 26 courtrooms, a wedding room, a forensic institute, offices, a cafe, an archive, a prison and a parking garage

 


design team: mecanoo + ayesa
architects: mecanoo architecten + ayesa
consultants: ayesa (energy efficiency), ayesa (structural engineer), ayesa (mechanical engineering), ayesa (electrical engineer), ayesa (lighting), ayesa (fire safety), ayesa (roof and façade), ute isolux corsán-copcisa (contractor)

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