Warsaw – city of courthouses

Kamila Piętka-Rakowiecka



The paper aims to discuss Warsaw’s courthouse architecture and capture the differences between the projects’ functional dependencies. The key task was to determine the influence of court buildings on the image of the city. Buildings erected in different historical periods have been analyzed, starting from the interwar period to the present times. Formal and compositional analysis of selected courts in Warsaw was performed based on literature review and photographic and drawing documentation. The paper also touches upon the issue of the influence of regulations and design guidelines on the function and appearance of court buildings after 2009.

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