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This is David Chipperfield Architects' City of Justice complex, currently under construction in Barcelona, Spain. When complete next year, the scheme - for Catalonia's Departament de Justicia - will unite 17 judicial buildings previously scattered across Barcelona and its neighbouring city, L'Hospitalet. The 330,000m 2 City of Justice, situated at the border of the two cities on a site previously dominated by military barracks, spreads across the site into a series of separate, but interrelated, blocks set around a public plaza.

According to Chipperfield, all nine of the complex's buildings are formed of 'restrained blocks with load-bearing coloured concrete ficagefl facades'. The design, on which Chipperfield worked with B720 Arquitectos, achieves a 'spatial composition that attempts to break the rigid and monolithic image of justice', he said.

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