New court for Belgian city reflects coat-of-arms

German firm J Mayer H Architects has completed a new building housing a law court, university library, auditoriums and offices in the Belgian city of Hassel, located on a former railway station site being transformed into a new urban district.

The court of justice building is divided into three separate units containing the courtrooms, student library and the office tower, which also houses a restaurant with panoramic views across the city.

The form of the tower and the pattern of perforated panels on the facade reference the hazelnut trees found in the city’s coat of arms.

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