Courthouse Hasselt is a striking building located next to the station of Hasselt in Belgium.
The building consists of an six floors office apartment and a tower.
The new courthouse was made available to the Ministry of Justice on October 1st 2011.
The architect group TWINS (J Mayer H Office – a2o – Lens ° Ass) designed a multifunctional office first. After they decided that the building would be used as a courthouse, the concept was adapted. The designers draw a contemporary building with a specific character that refers to the typical Hazelarenboom. It refers to the tree and the tree unit on the escutcheon of the city of Hasselt.
The building was designed by the architect group TWINS, including the German architect Jürgen Mayer. Which is known for the spectacular redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Seville.
The distinctive shape of the building is inspired by the hazel. The hazel is not only on the escutcheon of the city of Hasselt, but Germanic peoples justice also under the tree. This double reference gives the building a great symbolic value.
This metaphor is also evident in the interior. The public areas are decorated with branch-like tables and the reception desk is in the same style. The vinyl flooring was specifically designed for this project and is inspired by a leafed roof, with the same brown hues. Behind the reception unit is a print sheet located of a hazel, which is a hundred times magnified. Flag chairs are used in all areas of Hasselt as the Flag of Hasselt, that is the weapon of Hasselt.
The building consists of two organic volumes; one of them cleaves the skyline Hasselt and it is literally and figuratively a landmark in the city, on the other hand a horizontal base volume to connect to the surrounding area.