Dominique Perrault Architecture


27 | 11 | 2018

The Court of Justice of the European Union celebrates the 10 years anniversary of the 4th extension

2008 / 2018

The Court of Justice of the European Union inaugurated on december 4, 2008, its new infrastructure, composed of the new Palace, the Ring, the Great Gallery and the two Towers. Ten years after, while a third tower is under construction (delivery scheduled for the summer of 2019), an exhibition celebrates ten years of milestones in this unique institution.

Created by the Buildings and Security Department in partnership with Dominique Perrault, the exhibition presents the flagship events of the last ten years, besides images  and sketches of architecture.
The exhibition highlights the variety of activities of this emblematic institution of the European Union and its appropriation by its users, Members, officials and agents.

"The Court of Justice of the European Union has been rebuilding for almost forty years. Accompanying the evolution of the European Union, its architecture built with many hands and from several architects, represents in an interesting way the enlargement as the diversity of the cultures and writings of the Union. The 4th or "great" extension included the integration of the original Palace, hollowed out to install the courtrooms and to return to its vocation of justice. Then the creation of the ring-shaped building, suspended in the landscape and enclosing the first Palace as a precious case, for the offices of the judges and advocates and the Great Hall of Deliberation. The large covered passageway then,"vertebral column" of the site, which distributes the circulations. Then the two towers, the highest in Luxembourg, which mark the territorial presence of the Court. Finally the vast and sober Parvis, major access which highlights the solemnity of the institution. The architecture of the Court was to be identifiable and impose, without being authoritarian, the respect of an instance with strong symbolic value. Our intervention proposed to define a whole more alive, linked and unified, expressing the serene amplitude of the jurisdictions and the institution, while opening freely to the wanderings of its multiple hosts."

Dominique Perrault