-2007 Competition for Cádiz City of Justice, in association with Ayala architects. First prize

SITUATION: C/ Tolosa Latour, Cádiz. >>Open in GOOGLE MAPS
DATES: competition (2006), project (2008-2014)
CLIENT: Junta de Andalucía. Consejería de Justicia y Administración Pública
ARCHITECTS: Estudio Carbajal (José Antonio Carbajal Navarro, Nicolás Carbajal Ballell and Rodrigo Carbajal Ballell) in association with Arquitectos Ayala (Gerardo Ayala Hernández, Marcos Ayala Calvo and Mateo Ayala Calvo)
BUILDING SURVEYORS: José Ignacio Montaldo Merino, Juan José López Carreño, Emilio Rodríguez González and Manuel Iglesias Velasco
SERVICES ENGINEER: Ove Arup & Partners
FACADE CONSULTING: ENAR, Envolventes arquitectónicas
Estudio Carbajal. Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño de Mérida, 2008. ISBN 9788461240289
Future Arquitecturas Nº 12-13. Future arquitecturas SL, 2008. ISSN 18858228
ON Diseño Nº 289. ON Diseño SL, 2008. ISSN 02102080
TC Cuadernos Nº 83-84. Arquitectos Ayala. Ediciones Generales de la Construcción, 2008. ISSN 1136906X
AV Proyectos Nº 21. Arquitectura Viva SL, 2007. ISSN 1697493X

The new City of Justice will be built in the area of San Severiano. The site was occupied by the “Institución Provincial Gaditana” an old educational center, in the first peripheral housing development of Cádiz, near Puerta de Tierra. Nowadays this is an area of high density, characterized by narrow streets and the lack of open spaces.
Considering the streets that surround the site, we resolved Tolosa Latour was the better one to place the main entrance to the complex, because its buildings had a front garden, resulting in a wider space. Moreover, an archaeological find discovered near this street should be preserved in situ. Therefore the complex will have its main facade in Tolosa Latour, and like the opposite buildings it will be set back from the alignment and will have a front garden, in this case a sunken garden and archaeological area.
The complex is formed by two parallel blocks connected by glazed footbridges and a third block adapted to the adjacent buildings in Brunete street.
The main blocks will house, surrounding the archaeological garden (semibasement floor), the areas with less control requirements: the civil registry, wedding room, press room, conference room, cafeteria and retail spaces. This services will be able to extend their usefulness to the garden. The upper levels (ground floor to sixth floor) will be occupied by the main areas: lobbies, courtrooms, professional associations, public prosecutor’s offices, courts, provincial court. The lobbies and upper galleries will offer views over the port and the bay.
The third block will wrap the adjacent buildings in Brunete Street and will house the forensic-medical clinic and legal medicine institute. A plaza between this block and the others will give access to the duty court, the juvenile court and the court for violence towards women.
Between these parallel blocks an inner street will allow the access of vehicles (court workers, police vehicles and ambulances) to semibasement and basement floors. There will be the detention area, forensic pathology, parking, maintenance office, storage and archive rooms.
This work is published at divisare.com and archello.com
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