Justice is served

Wednesday 20 May 2009

SHL's Swedish District Court completes construction in Malmö

Construction has finished on schmidt hammer lassen architects’ design for a new District Court in Malmö, Sweden. The completed scheme includes a new 10,000 sq m courthouse adjacent to the existing 3,000 sq m listed court building.

SHL architects won the prestigious project in 2004, electing not to create an extension as originally intended but to design an elegant new building that makes the most of the views over the adjacent canal and forms a new, strong architectural identity for the courthouse.

The distinctive ‘teardrop’ form of the building reflects the contours of the site and responds to its surroundings – water and green spaces. The architects’ vision was to create a simple, robust image appropriate to the adjacent old harbour areas. To realise this, facades have been clad in horizontal fibre concrete ‘stones’ of differing depths with long ‘ribbon’ glazing running along the length of the building.

Internally, a glazed central atrium lined by nine court rooms serves as an indoor city square where people meet and interact between court sessions and meetings. Three upper floors are occupied by offices designed to maximise views out over the canal and the city. Further communal spaces have been included to promote interaction between colleagues.

Since Malmö was connected directly to Copenhagen in 2000 by the Øresund bridge, the city has rapidly grown and become the cultural hub of southern Sweden. SHL architects’ design will help Malmö adapt to these infrastructural changes.

Commenting on the opening of the building, partner Kim Holst Jensen said: “We are delighted to see the completion of the new District Court, an important building in the ongoing development of Malmö. The building provides a strong new identity for the Flundran area of the city and is a focal point among disparate surrounding sites.”SHL Architects is currently awaiting the result of the final stage competition for the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Key Facts

Civic Buildings

Want to submit your project to World Architecture News?

Contact The Team
  • Architectural CAD Technician

    Architectural CAD Technician Reference: KOIPS4E65YU Location: Ipswich Salary: Competitive based on experience A successful Architectural practice, ...
    • Penguin Recruitment Architecture
    • Ipswich, Suffolk
  • Planning Strategy and Policy Manager

    This post is responsible for leading the council’s planning strategy and policy team to maintain an up-to-date planning policy framework.
    • London Borough of Lambeth
    • Lambeth, London (Greater)
  • Planner / Senior Planner

    We have an exciting opportunity with our established planning team, working on a diverse range of projects.
    • Pro Vision
    • Ampfield, Hampshire
  • Enforcement Officer - North East - outside IR35

    A Local Authority in the North East are looking for an Enforcement Officer to assist them with a backlog of cases for an initial contract of 6 months,
    • Oyster Partnership
    • North East England
  • Head of Planning

    Do you have the vision to make Suffolk an even better place to live and work, and the skills to make it happen?
    • Suffolk County Council
    • Suffolk