The court house in Saint Malo, France has become a part of the city rennovation process, in which the centre is being moved from the port to a new location, where the Avenue Aristide Briand forms the central axis. The architects of the French atelier LAN Architecture wanted to create a clean and structured space serving both the public and its proprietors. The simple object of the courthouse with a rectangle ground plan boasts a central space with a large atrium that lightens up the structure and creates a pleasant atmosphere.
The visitors are guided from the outer spaces through interior public areas through a space gradually that loses contact with the outside. The walls are made of thin sheets of onyx that allow the light to flow in during the day and shine out during the night. The interior features three main materials – wood, stone, and glass.