The third tower of the Court of Justice of the European Union inaugurated, Luxembourg (LUX) - (September 27, 2019)

The first building of the European Court of Justice was inaugurated in 1973. Following successive enlargements of the European Union, the site has been enlarged five times. In the early 1990s, the French architect Dominique Perrault was involved in the project, with two towers marking the Kirchberg skyline. For the third tower the architect saw a threefold challenge: functional, urban and institutional. First, the Court required an additional 100.000 m2 to house more than 2,000 judges, clerks and translators. Second, successive expansions, with sometimes contradictory designs needed to be rationalized and brought together to function as a whole. It was therefore not only necessary to create extra space but to unify the whole, creating a building that would seem more like an harmonious “injection” than a fourth extension. Third, Perrault’s building seeks to reinforce the symbolic importance of the prestigious institution. Ney & Partners was in charge of a complete study of stability and landscaping works