Court of Justice, Hasselt (BE)
Architects Jürgen Mayer H. have erected a new Court of Justice in Hasselt, Belgium, on the city's former railway site. With a look that oscillates between design statement and sculpture, the building carries all the hallmarks of the idiosyncratic Berlin firm. In addition to office space, the Court of Justice houses a police station, courtrooms and a library for law students. The curved façade is composed of irregularly shaped steel mesh and glass surfaces.
Building owner: SOHA Stedelijke ontwikkelingsmaatschappij, Hasselt (BE), in cooperation with the municipality of Hasselt and Euro Immo Star (BE)
Architects: Jürgen Mayer H., Berlin (DE)
Plumbers: Borzee nv, Heusden (BE); Peeters & Zonen nv, Bree (BE)
Court of Justice, Eisenstadt (AT)
Less spectacular in its appearance, the new Court of Justice in Eisenstadt, situated in the Austrian state of Burgenland, focuses on functionality. The building serves as a court and prison simultaneously, with its curtain-like, dark-red metal exterior creating discreet bars. The process of constructing the building placed emphasis on both excellent-quality architecture and sustainability. It fulfils the requirements of Austria's low-energy standard.
Building owner: Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, Vienna (AT)
Architects: YF architekten, Vienna (AT)
Plumber: BACON, Vienna (AT)
Elegant solutions featuring anti-vandalism measures
Touchless urinal flush controls from Geberit offer users better hygiene in public and semi-public areas. Not only that, but they also ensure that users always encounter a cleanly flushed, hygienic environment. Vandal-resistant features are also a must in public buildings that are heavily frequented, however – and this of course means the two new buildings in Hasselt and Eisenstadt, which are subject to extensive security regulations. As a result, electronic urinal and WC flush controls from Geberit have been installed in both locations.
The hidden urinal control is situated discreetly behind the ceramic appliance, leaving unlimited scope for the design of the WC area and, at the same time, safeguarding the technology that creates effective protection against forcible damage. A sensor integrated into the trap provides a reliable means of detecting whether the urinal has been used and if the water level inside is excessively high or low.