Singular Buildings

Córdoba Combined Court Centre

Cordoba’s Combined Court Centre was designed in accordance with the New Model for Judicial Offices. It spans 50,895 m2 and is spread over four above-ground and two below-ground floors. It houses all the current judicial and prosecution bodies and services and has sufficient space to allow for extensions in the future. The design, which won the tender, was developed together with the prestigious architecture firm Macanoo.

 

 

To make sure it fit in well with the surrounding urban landscape, the design fragmented the building into different parts. This gives the impression that it has grown spontaneously, hiding its model of spatial structuring.

This fragmentation was done in such a way so as to ensure the end result keeps its identity as a public building. It was designed to resemble a small city which interacts with the morphological identity of Cordoba, creating a set of vertical structures which come together to form a single infrastructure.

The gaps in the building were designed to work in the same way as Cordoba's iconic courtyards or the ‘afniyah’ in Muslim cities do, ensuring the central areas of buildings are well lit and ventilated.

The combined court centre sits on a base which is reached via an almost unnoticeable ramp. This was designed to appear as a natural extension of the square outside, which was in turn designed to create a unique atmosphere and complement the building.

This elevation gives the courtyards a degree of privacy, these serving as extensions to the public spaces inside the building.

Services

Redacción de Proyecto

Dirección de Obra


Year
2017

Location
Spain

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