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Tulkarm Courthouse
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  • Award Cycle:
    Status:
    Shortlisted
    Country of origin:
    Palestine
    Location:
    Tulkarm, Palestine
    Client:
    United Nations Office for Project Services
    Architect:
    AAU Anastas
    Design:
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    Completed:
    2016

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On a prominent triangular site in this West Bank town of 50,000 inhabitants, the ensemble features two buildings, one for administrative facilities and the other containing 10 courtrooms; the two are accessed from broad stone stairs that give onto an open urban plaza.  The concrete structure employed stone facing for the outer formwork.  In the administrative building, the deep-set windows are shielded from direct sunlight by angled stone-faced frames; the courthouse building features galvanised, powder-coated steel screens that filter direct sunlight.  The two buildings are arranged to form a planted courtyard, and circulation between the two is through two glass-walled corridors that are open on the ground level. Finely detailed stonework characterises both buildings and the courtyard and plaza areas.

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