renzo piano to unify judicial system with paris courthouse
renzo piano to unify judicial system with paris courthouse renzo piano to unify judicial system with paris courthouse
oct 11, 2013

renzo piano to unify judicial system with paris courthouse

palais de justice or ‘paris courthouse’ provides space for the various services of france’s judicial system, which have been scattered around the capital, to come together in one complex designed by the genovese architect renzo piano. the public-private project is located at the northern edge of the city in clichy-batignolles. it is physically connected to the heart of town via a successful new tramway that is part of the public transport system. visual links are created by extensive fenestration, and two glass two exterior elevators, which afford panoramic views of the urban fabric beyond the complex. narrow proportions of the tower allow ample daylight to reach the building’s core, maintaining a connection between the interior and exterior environments.

renzo piano to unify judicial system with paris courthouse
extensive landscaping around and on the building complete the project
image © l’autre image | (main image © LABTOP)




the multistory tower is composed of four superimposed volumes. at the ground level, one enters the building through the glazed pedestal, which manifests the idea of transparency and ease of orientation. from here three atria extend views into the towers above, with sunlight from the roof skylights illuminating circulation galleries at the perimeter of these voids. in between the plinth and the roof, 30 floors house 90 courtrooms, offices, meeting rooms,  of the magistrates, public prosecutor, and presiding judges (respectively as one ascends the tower).

renzo piano to unify judicial system with paris courthouse
inside the main atrium
image © joachim lézie-cobert




the floor plan of each of the subsequent group of 10 storeys decreases in size as they ascend. the resulting terraces provide space for occupiable roof gardens which will be landscaped with trees. the outdoor area is intended to create comfortable places of discussion and contemplation. the green roofs have environmental benefits which are complemented by the use of natural ventilation, solar panels, and a rainwater collection system. the cumulative effect of the technologies employed is expected to set a new benchmark for energy consumption in tall buildings upon the law courts building opening in 2017.

renzo piano to unify judicial system with paris courthouse
looking up to the light filled galleries above
image © joachim lézie-cobert

renzo piano to unify judicial system with paris courthouse
inside the courtroom
image © joachim lézie-cobert





project info:


client: etablissement public du palais de justice de paris + bouygues bâtiment
project name: palais de justice
architect: renzo piano building workshop

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