Tribunal de Paris

Construction is complete on the Tribunal de Paris, new home of the French capital’s judiciary system, and it’s not a typical tower.

Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), who also realised the Shard in London, the tower stands 160 metres tall, taking advantage of the 2010 change in planning laws which increased the maximum height for commercial buildings in the city centre from 37 to 180 metres.

Four stacked glass tiers make the Tribunal de Paris instantly recognisable.  As they go up, they decrease in size, reducing the visual impact of the building on the skyline. Vast double-skin glass façades and a depth of only 35 metres allow ample natural light to permeate throughout the building. This is further complemented by three atria, which extend the building’s full height, and skylights. Along with serving a practical purposes, all of the elements that allow light to flood the building also reflect the Courthouse’s values of transparency and openness.

The exterior features solar photovoltaic panels and a dorsal fin running up the side of the façade, containing two exterior glass lifts. Landscaped roof terraces decorated with trees and vegetation separate each tier from each other. Other sustainable features include collecting rain water, natural ventilation and thermal inertia. RPBW describes the design as “a new benchmark for energy consumption in a very tall building.”

With the exception of the lengthy ground level building, which includes a large reception area and 90 law courts, each level of the building is comprised of ten storeys, housing meeting rooms and offices.

To read more about this tiered design, click here.

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