The law of light #architecture


This new courthouse by Mecanoo hides its size and mass with a delicate, sculptural articulation of the building’s form that reflects light and creates depth with shadow. Internally the light play continues providing a cool elegance and calm to the civic functions it provides.

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Architect’s project profile

The new Palace of Justice in C√≥rdoba is located in Arroyo del Moro which is characteristically dominated by anonymous housing blocks, products of the rapid urban development of 21st century Spanish cities…

The massing strategy creates urban integration through fragmentation. It follows a similar strategy to the spontaneous growth process of medieval cities resulting in a volume which is carefully sculpted to adapt to the surrounding context.

Architect’s project page

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The architect no longer supplies the design alone. The architect performs the role of director and script-writer in a more hybrid process.

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