Law Courts in Arezzo, ? LAW COURTS IN AREZZO, ITALY A new four-storey law courts building in Arezzo,

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Law Courts in Arezzo, Italy1 Euro Inox 2010Plan of 1st upper storey scale 1:750Section scale 1:750L A W C O U R T S I N A R E Z Z O , I T A L YA new four-storey law courts building in Arezzo, located in a park close to the townsMedici fortress, houses courtrooms and officespace. A glazed bridge links it to an adjacentneoclassical building a former hospital which after renovation will offer additionaloffice and archive capacity. The naturalistic curved lines of the new build-ing are inspired by both the lush vegetationof the park and the mediaeval fabric of theold town, protected on one side by thickwalls and opening on the other to gardensand green open spaces.The north faade of the law courts, clad withdark-grey granite and rising up from its ellip-tical footprint like part of a cone, presents a virtually fully closed aspect. Contrastingwith this, on the south side a two-part curvedlattice of stainless steel protects the almostfully glazed faade behind it from solar radi-ation in summer and cold winds in winter.The closed, matt faadeon the north side con-trasts with an open-stylesouth side where the louvres of the stainlesssteel screen reflect thesurroundings and gen -erate an ever-changinginterplay of light andshade. Euro Inox 2010 2321Sectional detail scale 1:201 Column, 270 mm stainless steel, EN 1.43012 Fixing rail3 Louvre, 150/150 mm steel angle profile,EN 1.4301, brushed surfaceL A W C O U R T S I N A R E Z Z O , I T A L YRound columns on hinged bearings tilted atdifferent angles, towards the building andaway from it, define the curvature of this sun-screen. The upper sections of the roughly 20-metre high frame, which is made entirelyof stainless steel (grade EN 1.4301), are tiedback either to rectangular pipe sections onthe building or to the cantilevered floor abovethe second upper storey.The horizontal stainlesssteel louvres are madeup of a series of shorterangle profiles. Theseabut at the fixing pointsto the uprights.The complex curvedshape is achieved bygradually angling the individual componentsalong the line of thescreen.3 Euro Inox 2010L A W C O U R T S I N A R E Z Z O , I T A L YEuro InoxDiamant Building, Bd. A. Reyers 80,1030 Brussels, BelgiumTel. +32 2 706 82 67Fax +32 2 706 82 69E-mail info@euro-inox.orgInternet www.euro-inox.orgClient: Comune di ArezzoArchitect: Manfredi Nicoletti, RomeStructural engineer: Michele MeleText and layout: Martina Helzel, circa drei, MunichTranslation: Ingrid Taylor, MunichPhotos: Simone Levi, Studio Nicoletti AssociatiThe entrance to the law courts lies betweenthe two overlappingparts of the external solar shading.Light filters through the screen to brightenthe three-storey high entrance hall; additionalillumination comes froma partially glazed roof.Fitted horizontally in front of the roundcolumns are rows of angle-profile louvres.Clever detailing of the connection betweenthe columns and the profiles made it possi-ble to achieve the curvature using exclusive-ly straight components, the angles shiftinggradually across the frame.Thanks to the parallel arrangement of thelouvres, the building is shaded from the sunin summer, thereby minimising solar gain. In winter, however, the screen admits thelower-angled rays of sun into the interior ofthe law courts.