10-01-2007

Courthouse. Antwerp. Richard Rogers. 2006

Richard Rogers,

Public Buildings,

Glass, Steel,

Sustainability,

Glass and steel are the two key materials in the new Antwerp Courthouse, forming a spectacular building designed by Anglo-Italian architect Richard Rogers and built to the standards of energy conservation and environmental sustainability.



Courthouse. Antwerp. Richard Rogers. 2006 Last but not least, a courthouse made of glass has a symbolic significance, as a metaphor of justice that is transparent to citizens. Other energy-saving solutions are adopted in the building in addition to use of natural light, such as recycling of rainwater and a climate control system that makes use of natural ventilation and cool air at night.
The complex is organised in mirror form: three wings on the right and the same number on the left, face to face, coming together in the hall, where the roof is made not only of glass but of triangular steel elements.
Above them are the spectacular elements of the roof, like a homage to the forms of Flemish churches.

Laura Della Badia

Web site: www.richardrogers.co.uk

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