City of Justice

Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain 2009


The project of the City of Justice of Barcelona and L'Hospitalet consisted of 3 spaces: the central atrium, the court buildings and the outer space. Each one had different architectural characteristics, although they were connected to each other.

The Atrium, the heart of the city of justice, was the great access to the buildings connected to it.. The luminous approach based on the essential was to create two lines of light: an exterior and an interior that resolved all the situations of this space. The continuous linear luminaire with 3000ºK triphosphorous fluorescence lamp was specially designed for this project.

In the 12 buildings, the intention of architecture was that everyone had the same feeling, the same look when inside. The situation was focused on solving the internal rhythms of the different facilities since each building was of different dimensions.


Client: GISA, Departament de Justicia, Generalitat de Catalunya
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects + b720 Arquitectos
Awards: Riba Award 2010
Photo: ©b720; ©Rafael Vargas