No building is as renowned as the Brussels courthouse. Built between 1866 and 1883 by Joseph Poelaert, it has emerged as an icon of Belgian architecture. This monumental symbol of the rule of law defines the skyline of the capital. However, it no longer meets safety and functionality requirements. Moreover, the role of justice in society has also changed. A strong vision is therefore needed to modernize and protect the courthouse.
To address these challenges, the international ideas competition Brussels Courthouse, Imagine the Future! has been launched, to study the future functions of the courthouse and the immediate vicinity.
Our proposal addresses the integration and connectivity of the courthouse site in the urban fabric by adding a triangular slope connecting all existing justice buildings and the upper and lower part of the city. The proposal was exhibited in Bozar Brussels in the spring of 2011.
Read more about our proposal here.