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Renzo Piano inaugurates the new Palais de Justice in Paris

Open and transparent, as justice should be. The new Parisian court will be soon inaugurated after years of debates

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© RPBW, ph. Sergio Grazia

Renzo Piano Building Workshop recently completed the new Palais de Justice in Paris. Being 160-metres-high, it’s one of Paris’ tallest buildings, second to the 210-metre-high Tour Montparnasse.

“This is an extremely emblematic building that reflects on our country’s justice: open and transparent” explained in a press conference Nicole Belloubet, Minister of Justice. Its inauguration did not come without wait or debates as it was initially planned by Nicholas Sarkozy in 2009 and later postponed due to political and safety concerns given by the recent terrorist attacks.

Renzo Piano wanted the interiors of the Parisian Palace of Justice to reflect the overwhelming natural sunlight coming from the big skylights, recalling Marilyn Monroe’s skirt, and from the big windows surrounding the entire space. 

© RPBW, ph. Sergio Grazia

© RPBW, ph. Sergio Grazia

“We wanted judges to be able to breathe some fresh air while making important decisions and citizens to access justice more easily, without going up huge set of stairs”. This is how architects at Renzo Piano’s studio motivated the choice of having a succession of wide terraces along the height of the Palace. They also managed to make the volume of the structure slightly less colossal.

© Laurent Zylberman

© Laurent Zylberman

All the services related to Paris’ first instance of justice will be now located here (senior criminal court, corrective justice, civil halls, police court, social security system, financial public prosecutor, etc.). Once located in different buildings spread around the city, they will be now gathered under the same roof, Europe’s biggest court complex. Everything will be connected by a system of vertical and horizontal circulation that leads to the 90 courtrooms on the ground floor. The following three volumes, with 10 floors each, will have offices and meeting rooms: the second one will be for magistrates, the third for prosecutors and the fourth for judges.

After the Centre Pompidou, the Italian architect gives Paris another glass and steel giant built in the 17th arrondissement, near Porte de Clichy. The Palace will be officially inaugurated with its first hearing on April 16th, 2018. 

© RPBW, ph. Sergio Grazia

© RPBW, ph. Sergio Grazia


by Carlotta Marelli / 30 November 2017

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