Location : Paris (France)
Client : Tribunal de Grande Instance
Area : 100.000 m² (1.076.391 SF)
Partnership : OPR
Structural : Peter Heppel Associates
Landscape Architects : Claire Trapenard Paysagiste
An international competition was held in 2006 in order to assess the relocation of the Court of First Instance in a newly made available site. A few fundamental project constraints helped determine strategic design decisions such as creating a ground level plaza to maintain east/west urban flow, locate all programs below plaza level and use a high rise structure as marker for the site. In a move to seek a renewed urban balance for the city of Paris, the high rise structure would culminate at 600m above ground level and offer nothing but observation platforms to visitors. The tower is a critical comment on the need to allow integrated renewal of older city fabrics like Paris.