new courthouse typology, competition entry


Jerusalem Hall of Justice

Status
Competition
program
135 District and Magistrate courtrooms
Year
2014
Scale
40,000 sqm
Location
Jerusalem, Israel

Traditional court houses generally tend to emphasize the solemnity of the legal system and historically speaking the typical judge/courtroom/public space paradigm has left an extraordinary amount of room for improvement. Sensitive to its environement  but propelled by an avid desire to translate established values and strong symbolism into a new architectural vocabulary,  HQ’s entry for the Jerusalem Hall of Justice reflects the firm’s vision of a brand new court center typology

A typology that not only welcomes and addresses the needs of its various participants at all levels of the litigation process but also strengthens the notions of scale, equality and transparency as applied to architectural forms.  Here, the elongated ‘X’ is made up of four components that bear their own internal identities and their respective functions. Each wing of justice connects seamlessly at the center of the structure to create a focal point that  functions  as a main

entrance to the general public and, more broadly, as an urban square to the local community. In a bold move that reduces density,  fosters simplified circulation patterns and emphasizes the use of natural light in the courtroom, HQ proposes to segregate judges to their own floors. In doing so, public corridors are completely eliminated, courtrooms are more spacious and every single public space can be experienced as an integral part of the building’s design