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Campus de la Justicia Madrid

Court Building in Capital of Spain design by Zaha Hadid Architects

page updated 28 Jul 2017 ; 18 Mar 2008

Campus de la Justicia

Date: 2008-

Design: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Campus de la Justicia Madrid by Zaha Hadid design
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Civil Courts of Justice Madrid

Due to the high demand for office space within the new masterplan that contains the Civil Courts of Justice, public space within the development has shifted from being a potential destination to becoming residual, fragmented and dispersed.

In desperate need for refocusing, so as to create a better collective experience, the design for the Civil Courts of Justice inserts public space in its core – integrating it by connecting it with the campus’s public circulation. As a result, the Civil Court of Justice design shifts from being a mere component of the overall system to becoming its pivoting point, serving as a reference that provides structure and organizes the entire urban masterplan complex.

Campus de la Justicia Madrid by Zaha Hadid Architects


The formal language and architectural articulation of the design aims to break the static configuration of the surrounding buildings. The design’s soft and dynamic tectonic turns it into an immediate reference for the masterplan, without the need to exhaust maximum building heights.

Madrid Civil Courts of Justice building design by Zaha Hadid Architect

By way of horizontal shifts of its mass, a sense of elasticity is introduced into the design allowing the building to be grounded at its elevation to the masterplan campus. This elasticity draws visitors into its interior, and permits the building to ‘float ‘above the ground plain.

The envelope of the Civil Court of Justice is composed of a double-ventilated façade. The exterior layer of the facade is composed of metallic panels which respond to environmental and program conditions. These panels shift from open to closed and from flat to extended depending on the circumstances affecting them. It is also envisaged for the metallic panels on the Civil Courts of Justice rooftop incorporates photovoltaic cells.

Madrid Civil Courts of Justice building by Zaha Hadid

Inside the building, a spiralling semi-circular atrium is developed around the courtyard where all public space evolves. The atrium overlooks the courtyard, which serves as instant reference point for visitors to move around the building and extends to the lower ground floor, providing natural light to enter the court rooms at that level.

Madrid Civil Courts of Justice building by Zaha Hadid Architects

Civil Courts of Justice, Campus de la Justicia – Building Information

Date: 2007-tbc
Program: Courts of Law.
Client: Campus de la Justicia de Madrid

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect: Juan Ignacio Aranguren
Competition Team: Andrés Arias Madrid, Jimena Araiza Olivera Toro, Brian Dale, Amit Gupta, Ho-ping Hsia, Sara Sheikh Akbari, Tomas Rabl, Paulo E. Flores.
Size: 74,448 sqm: 49,033 overground / 25,415 underground

Campus de la Justicia Building info from Zaha Hadid Architects 180308

Madrid Civil Courts of Justice design : Zaha Hadid

Location: Madrid, Spain, southwestern Europe

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