Wuppertal Justice Center

Wuppertal
Photo © Axel Schmidt
Photo © Axel Schmidt
Architects
HPP Architects
Location
Wuppertal
Year
2005

The new court building erected in the context of two historic, landmark-protected court buildings on an island in the Wupper River known as the “Island of Justice” is a work of architecture caught between history and the zeitgeist of today. The new building’s design measures up to the extraordinary urbanistic importance of its location and, in the process, the halls of justice become a transparent, citizen-oriented institution.

The demolition of the preexisting building on the site - an aluminum high-rise from the nineteen-sixties - made possible a new definition of the architectural complex on the island. Because of the special location, and in analogy to the existing Wuppertal urban structures, the new Justice Center was moved to a square that already had an identity. It is surrounded on three sides by the historical regional court, the district court, and the new building. The fourth side is defined by the Hartmannufer, the river, and the elevated rail line.

The Justice Center is divided in three areas: the new six-story building with its central access structure and the two preexisting buildings. The new structure continues the style of the traditional court building as a massive structure with a perforated façade, and with its proportionality and materiality, it provides the culmination of the building complex on the “Island of Justice.” At the same time it opens up to the surrounding urban space thanks to its two-story, glassed-in lower level.

Client
BLB NRW

GFA
25.625 sqm

Competition
1st prize 2001

Award
BDA Prize Wuppertal 2007, recognition

Related Projects

  • Gebäudeadaptierungen Rathausbereich - Zwentendorf
    maul-architekten zt gmbh
  • FON - Housing and Kindergarten Fontanastrasse
    GERNER GERNER PLUS
  • GOLD - Housing Goldberg
    GERNER GERNER PLUS
  • BENE - Housing Benedikt
    GERNER GERNER PLUS
  • PUCH - Housing Puchsbaumgasse
    GERNER GERNER PLUS

Magazine

Other Projects by HPP Architekten GmbH

Maslak Square
Istanbul, Turkey
Cologne University of Music and Dance Campus
Cologne
LVM 5 / “Kristall”
Münster
Olga Hospital und Women’s Clinic
Stuttgart
Vodafone Campus Deutschland
Düsseldorf