New courthouse in Caen, France

The architecture of the new law courts in Caen, at the centre of a huge urban regeneration scheme for the Presqu’île area, combines a sense of authority and benevolence. It casts itself as a theatre of contemporary justice that is more horizontal than vertical. The horizontality of the building echoes the outline of the historic city, and the main entrance, leading from the lawn to the waiting room, directly links the heart of the new law courts with the city, at ground level. A fifth façade can be seen from the Abbaye aux Dames, with a canopy whose colours echo those of the city’s rooftops.



Antoine Buisseret

Project leader

Silvina Triemstra


Véronique Zamant, Guillaume Ledieu, Giovanni Orsi