Projects by date Civic

Salerno Law Courts
Salerno, Italia, 1999
with David Chipperfield Architects


The building’s design concept, in this way, developed as a reaction to the existing typology of a law court, traditionally understood as an imposing, portico-fronted singular structure. In contrast to this conventional image, the proposal fragments the large institutional model by dividing the volume of the law courts into a composition of smaller buildings. Each of these smaller, individualised structures is articulated as a simple block, finished in pre-cast concrete panels with terracotta aggregate, and punctured by a series of openings designed to emphasise their vertical aspect in contrast to the horizontality of the services plinth out of which they emerge.
To reinforce this idea of an open and accessible structure (in both a physical and social sense) the design is presented as a public space that exploits