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    • Eastern High Court

      The courts may belong to the people, but architecturally they’re rarely the open and active public that libraries, plazas, or even city halls are known to be. More often than not, a visit corresponds to a major life event, and requires privacy, security, and solemnity.

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  • Eastern High Court, located in Copenhagen’s North harbor district, is designed to accommodate the entirety of this complex cocktail. It is both open and secure, structured, and versatile, fundamental, and complex, layering the flows of users without requiring them to overlap.

    Complexity Wrapped in Simplicity

    The upper floors are thus dedicated to the court staff, flexibly laid out to allow them to change their specific functions as needed. In a combination with meeting rooms and courtyards, the stage is set for a strong professional community. The lower floors are reserved for the court records and the users of the house – in short, the public. Vertical connections (stairs or elevators) are discreetly tucked away, accessible to staff without being immediately visible to the general public. The interior functions of the house are reflected in the exterior of the building, where windows appear almost carved into the deep mass of the facades, subtly signifying a division between the functions of the public and professional /private levels.

  • At the ground level, a café extends along the entire canal to Alexandria Street, where it opens its facade in an elongated glass section with dining or workplaces along the inside of the facade. Here there is an insight into the life of the building from the street space of the city space and from the inside the view of the water can create a space for peace and conversation.

    With its features, the building sets the framework for a workplace where professionalism, society's laws and the expression of power are combined with the security, confidence, and room for great feelings that users experience when in the Eastern High Court.

    • Diagrammatically, the layout of Eastern High Court is simple. Private functions are kept above and below the ground level, connected discreetly and, more essentially, privately. Defendants are brought up into the courts where prosecutors must descend a floor to reach them, separated by a public floor in which all parties meet.