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European Court of Human Rights

General Information

Beginning of works: December 1991
Completion: December 1994
Status: in use

Project Type

Function / usage: Court house


Location: , , ,
Coordinates: 48° 35' 48.11" N    7° 46' 27.15" E
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Technical Information


gross floor area ca. 28 000 m²


cost of construction ca. French Franc 544 000 000

Excerpt from Wikipedia


The building was designed in 1989 by the Richard Rogers Partnership Ltd (London) and Claude Bucher (Strasbourg). They intended to create a "symbolic landmark but not a monument". They also, due to the nature of the court, wanted to make it more welcoming and open rather than fortress-like. The original design was stretched as, during design, the demand for office space grew by 50% due to the fall of communism in the east. The building relies on natural light and ventilation, except the light entrance hall which is air-conditioned in an energy-saving manner. The two main organs of the court, the court and commission, occupy two large circular chambers each side and offices are located in a "tail" stretching behind the building.

The team of architects behind the Rogers Partnership working on the building consisted of: Laurie Abbott, Peter Angrave, Eike Becker, Elliot Boyd, Mike Davies, Karin Egge, Pascale Gibon, Marco Goldschmied, Lennart Grut, Ivan Harbour, Amarjit Kalsi, Sze-King Kan, Carmel Lewin, Avtar Lotay, John Lowe, Louise Palomba, Kim Quaz, Richard Rogers, Pascale Rousseau, Yuli Toh, Sarah Tweedie, Andrew Tyley, Yoshiyuki Uchiyama and John Young.


Building work began in December 1991 and continued until December 1994. It was built by 50 firms with 125 subcontractors and cost 544 million French Francs, which came from the member states of the Council of Europe which owns the building, however, the site it was built on was provided by the City of Strasbourg. Queen Elizabeth II planted a tree on the building site in May 1992.


The building has 28,000 square meters of floor space. The Court Room covers 860 square meters and has 260 seats, with an extra 49 for judges and 33 for applicants (the deliberation room has 47 places with an additional 52 seats). The Commission Room covered 520 square meters and has 41 seats with 30 places for applicants. Other meeting rooms (in total there are 11) cover 4500 square meters and have an average of 47 places around the table, plus 52 at the rear. The 420 offices cover 16,500 square meters and in total the building has a capacity for 600 people. There is also a Projection room with 204 seats and a 180-seat cafeteria.

Text taken from the Wikipedia article "European Court of Human Rights building" on 21 May 2019 and modified in accordance with CC-BY-SA 3.0.


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