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Abstract Arboreal Architecture

The Hasselt Court of Justice is a Contemporary Vision of Nature

— November 7, 2013 — Art & Design
The Hasselt Court of Justice has been designed by Berlin-based architect J. Mayer H. who worked alongside the team from LensAss and a2o Architects. Embracing an aesthetic of retro-futurism, this geometry-infused structure is a modern translation of forms found in nature.

The newly-completed Hasselt Court of Justice is part of a community master plan that is set to revamp a former railway station with the addition of parks, public buildings and residential complexes.

Looking to Art Nouveau for inspiration, J, Mayer H. and the team from LensAss and a2o Architects created this bold and abstract architecture piece that boasts an angular facade. The building is made from a combination of perforated steel and glass materials that are branched to resemble simplified tree forms. This arboreal structure is home to courtrooms, a faculty library and vertically-distributed office spaces.
Trend Themes
1. Retro-futuristic Architecture - There is an opportunity for architects and designers to explore new ways of designing buildings with a fusion of classic and futuristic elements.
2. Nature-inspired Design - The trend towards creating modern structures that mimic nature presents an opportunity to revolutionize the architecture and construction industry in the use of high-tech, eco-friendly building materials.
3. Community-centric Urban Planning - The Hasselt Court of Justice's incorporation into a community master plan offers fresh opportunities for architects and designers to focus on developing people-centric, sustainable communities.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Design - This trend presents opportunities to change how we create structures by designing environmentally sustainable and innovative building techniques supported by emerging technologies.
2. Construction - The nature-inspired design trend offers new opportunities in the use of eco-friendly building materials and techniques to create structures that have a significantly reduced environmental impact.
3. Urban Planning and Development - The community-centric trend offers fresh opportunities to develop greener, healthier and more carefully designed urban spaces that serve and support their populations.
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