Esteemed magazine AV Proyectos published an extensive feature on the construction of the new Palace of Justice in Córdoba, Spain. The building, designed by Mecanoo together with the Spanish engineering firm Ayesa, will be completed in 2017.
In the current advanced phase of construction the outline of the building can be clearly discerned. The project abstractly reproduces the urban fabric of Córdoba’s historic centre. Cuts in the compact volume create the courtyards which take daylight and fresh air. The building’s strong identity recalls traditional local architecture and its influences, and engages in dialogue with the anonymous housing blocks of the Arroyo del Moro neighbourhood in the northwest area of the city.
The facade is clad in GRC panels that are manufactured off-site with timber formwork casts and silicone plugs that make for a clean and easy removal. Weighing less than a ton, the panels are attached to the slabs with four anchorage points.
Mecanoo won the international competition for the Palace of Justice in 2006. Constructions began in 2014.