The Caen courthouse project was developed as part of a Public-Private Partnership competition in three selection phases. The site of the building, at the tip of the peninsula, is bordered by a park and faces the OMA Media Library project. On the edge of the Caen à la Mer canal, it offers unobstructed views over the historic city. We have proposed a chiseled volume that fits into the landscape of the peninsula.
The facades enhance this slender and daring triangular volume. They are composed of a forged concrete complex in slightly varied shades, that way the volume is given an elegant vibration. The openings display fixed vertical shades with golden reflections that bring warm colors to the gray concrete. The selected materials are clear and help to magnify the transparencies within the volume.
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Managing the various secure public / user flows has been finely detailed to fit into the extremely specific burdens of the APIJ.
About 50% of the project’s surfaces are allocated to tertiary spaces. Consideration has been given to the modularity of the office frames and the envisioned building takes into account subsequent expansion capacities in the finished volume.
Planted terraces adorn the void between the three emerging volumes and enliven the public lobby. The latter is bathed in light and crosses right through the building.
The six courtrooms also benefit from the natural light pouring from the various patios. Privacy shades guarantee the confidentiality of sensitive areas.
Ronan Le Hyaric
STATUS Competition and practicalities
COMMISSIONED BY GGC Construction
SURFACE 8 900 m² SHON
COST 24,5 M€ HT
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