J.MAYER.H’S HASSELT HAZELNUT TREE
Berlin based J. MAYER H. Architects comes to complete the new court of justice of the city of Hasselt, Belgium, which they designed and constructed with the Belgian studio’s a2o-architecten and Lensºass architecten. After finishing the exterior skin already in 2011, the interior was completed in spring of 2013.
On September 13th the court was officially opened. Based on a master plan by West 8, the former railway station site where the new court is situated has been restructured with a park, public buildings, offices and hotels, as well as urban residential blocks. The new court is one of the two high-rise buildings on the site, and was meant to function as as a contemporary urban landmark within the new district, its form referencing the image of a “tree”, and more in particular the hazelnut trees in the City of Hasselt’s coat of arms that are also typical for the region, The aim was also to create an open, transparent building with direct public access, combining the Court of Justice with a university library and auditoriums for the faculty of law. In keeping with the building’s logistical requirements and safety provisions, the structure is divided into three separate units: courtrooms, the library for students and an office tower with a 64-meters-high restaurant, offering a panoramic view of the city of Hasselt and its surroundings. (mb) http://www.jmayerh.de/