West 8 wins Constitutional Court design competition

West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany

The Paul Baumgartner-designed Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe is being restored. The campus of the court complex is to be revitalized and situated adjacent to the botanical garden and is part of the Schlossgarten.

West 8’s winning competition entry features a grassland with stylized concrete tracks which make a patterned landscape in which the buildings float. The design is characterized by its modesty, and by the strategic integration of the monumental buildings with their broader context.

West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany
Plan ©West 8
West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany
Context ©West 8
West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany
Program ©West 8
West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany
Entrance ©West 8
West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany
Patio ©West 8
West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany
Early Spring ©West 8
West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany
Late Spring ©West 8
West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany
Summer ©West 8

Images & Text: ©West 8

  • I usually love West 8 proposals but unless they were going for a gulag look I’m a bit confused as to why they won.