COURT OF JUSTICE - Hasselt, Belgium
J. MAYER H. Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Georg Schmidthals, Marcus Blum, Guvenc Ozel, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand
International Competition 2005 1st Prize
Phase 1: Redevelopment of the train station area in Hasselt based on the West8 master plan, including two iconic buildings and low rise blocks for hotels, offices and housing.
Location : Monseigneur Broekxplein, 3500 Hasselt
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The Court of Justice is one of two iconic projects within the new urban development around the main rail station. The logistics and siting of a courthouse with multiple security barriers of security results in a massing composed of three interconnected volumes. References include the old industrial steel structures that formerly occupied and definined the site, their organic Belgian Art Nouveau forms constituting part of the cultural heritage of Hasselt. There are also echoes of a tree, which, in addition to being is the Hasselt town emblem, as well as also harks back to the historicpre-medieval European tradition of holding a special “place of speaking justice” underneath a large tree in the center of a dwelling.