The land set aside for construction is located between the public gardens, at the end of the
Rampa do Monte do Calvário, replacing an existing building.
The project takes advantage of the demolition of the existing building, which occupied the whole
of the plot, to design a new Plaza, with a scale and dignity to receive the Law Courts.
In dialogue with the granite walls that define its surroundings, the Plaza takes on the form of a
bottling of stone, upon which the Law Courts rest.
The building, set on four pillars, ensures transparency and connection between the two gardens
that delimit it to the north and the south.
The dignity and symbolism that a building like the Law Courts should always have is achieved at
the cost of the monolithic and singular character that the volume of white concrete acquires,
above all in the expression of its compact elevations, with empty spaces deeply «excavated», as
if suspended over the Plaza.
The lobby/foyer crosses longitudinally the entirety of the building, communicating directly with the
garden to the north, establishing a relationship of closeness with the tops of the existing trees
through a horizontal empty space.
In the volume, the courtroom stands out, with a set of vertical skylights that subtly light the whole
The registrars services, which operate independently, are installed in the filled part of the
building, open to an interior patio which communicates directly with the north garden.
The project foresees a public car park, hidden under the plaza, with access from the adjacent
dono da obra instituto de gestão financeira e infraestruturas da justiça
projecto 2002 – 2004
obra 2008 – 2011
arquitectura barbosa & guimarães
josé antónio barbosa
pedro lopes guimarães
colaboradores miguel pimenta
estabilidade e estruturas alberto teixeira
instalações hidráulicas luis veloso
instalações eléctricas rga . paulo oliveira
instalações de rede de gás rga . arnaldo monteiro
instalações de avac rga . arnaldo monteiro
empresa construtora josé coutinho s.a.
director de obra rafael luzio
Photography José Campos, arqf architectural photography