3XN wins architectural competition for Frederiksberg Courthouse, Denmark

3XN has won a architectural competition for the design of the Courthouse in Frederiksberg in Denmark.

The expansion of the Courthouse in Frederiksberg, Denmark, will be a sculptural and classic structure, which at once expresses a welcoming transparency while maintaining the justice system’s sobriety and seriousness.

The new Courthouse will be a natural extension of the existing neo-classical building, yet still maintaining its own identity through a modern and contemporary expression.  The building design is therefore composed with clear references to the architectural style of the refined neighborhood of Frederiksberg.  The form of the structure is both classic and dynamic – standing as a modern interpretation of the classical saddle style roof.

The interior of the courthouse focuses on compliance with the law reform’s requirements on security and internal segregations in the building.  Therefore, the building provides its employees, the defendants, witnesses and guests an open and friendly environment in which it is easy for the different user groups to navigate.

A small atrium cuts through the middle of the building; drawing light deep into the interior creating an open and airy connection across departments.  This creates the feeling of direct daylight in the rooms and gives a general lightness to the building’s inner core, meeting the visitors as they come up from the foyer.

The Courthouse is expected for completion during the first half of 2012.

Special Thanks to Lise Roland Johansen from 3XN
All images and text are from 3XN!

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