The extension of the courthouse of Douai, France

To a large extent this courthouse extension is shaped by the site where it was created. Its slope ensures a close interplay between the building and the ground on which it stands. We have emphasized the sense of gradual discovery of the building, which is largely clad in mineral materials, and its rootedness in the soil itself. The courtrooms are the exclusive domain of the theatre of the Law. We wanted to bathe them in light by installing glazing all around the upper parts of the rooms. The windows are set high up to ensure privacy, whilst still creating a link with the world outside, in order
to avoid an overly theatrical or claustrophobic atmosphere associated with rooms devoid of daylight.

Photos by Takuji Shimmura