New Palace of Justice: Major test piece for the new Brussels Master Architect?
Brussels Minister Pascal Smet is pleased with the investments for constructing a new court building in Brussels, yet he also stresses the importance of renovating the current Palace of Justice. He makes a strong plea for an ambitious architectural concept for the new court, involving the recently appointed Master Architect for Brussels.
'It is of crucial importance to make a bold statement with this new court building, both from an architectural and a town planning point of view', Mr Smet says. 'I regret to hear that site developers are already drafting plans, whereas no architectural and town planning criteria whatsoever have been imposed so far. The federal government could give a strong signal by coming up with a high quality building. I am therefore convinced that the Brussels Master Architect should be involved in this project. In order to speed up the project, I feel that all the authorities involved should look in the same direction and should work with commonly agreed criteria, right from the very beginneing', Pascal Smet adds. Minister Pascal Smet also stresses the need to renovate the existing Palace of Justice and to define it's future purpose(s).'