Criminal Court Complex, Riyadh
Photo © ADA – Arriyadh Development Authority
Photo © ADA – Arriyadh Development Authority
Photo © ADA – Arriyadh Development Authority
Photo © ADA – Arriyadh Development Authority
Photo © ADA – Arriyadh Development Authority
Photo © ADA – Arriyadh Development Authority
Photo © ADA – Arriyadh Development Authority

Criminal Court Complex

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Location
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Year
2007

Standing alone in the dense fabric of the city, the Criminal Court completes a set of important public institutions located in the very heart of Riyadh's old town - the intention being to restructure the old town and thus breathe new life into it. The 44.6 meter-high cube of the Criminal Court arises from a wraparound strip of light at the base. This illuminated demarcation forms a kind of natural barrier, creates a feeling of security, and emphasizes the raised status of the building. Footbridges bring the visitor to the main entrances that are cut conically out of the cube along the main axes. The facade features the region's typical coarse chalky sandstone panels, emphasizing the monumental thrust of the building and symbolizing the strength and authority of jurisprudence. Narrow slits with window elements that are strongly recessed, minimize the exposure of the rooms to the heat outside. They underscore the facade's sculptural appearance, intensified by the vertical structuring throughout. Moreover, the edifice's symmetry and cube shape reflect the organizational principles structuring the internal divisions and modules. All the rooms are grouped around a spacious atrium that rises the full height of the building. Strips of windows in the ceiling ensure a pleasant ambient temperature, source indirect daylight and allow the light to play along the walls inside.

Client
Arriyadh Development Authority

Focus
Office / Administration | Public Buildings

Competition achievement
1st prize international

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