Modern Court of Appeal with high security requirements
The new Court of Appeal in Malmö is the first of its kind to be constructed in Sweden for 50 years. The building, covering an area of 10,000 square meters, is situated on the small island of Universitetsholmen in Malmö with a water view from three different directions. The premises are carefully planned and security is built into the walls.
Skanska, which has acted as the developer and general contractor for the project, has developed the property and customized the premises in close collaboration with the tenant – the Swedish National Courts Administration. The entrance level comprises nine courtrooms, five of which are furnished for proceedings involving detainees, two for civil cases and criminal trials and two for use by the Regional Rent Tribunal. One of the courtrooms features a raised level of security and has been equipped with a glass partition that can be deployed between the public seating area and the court.
To further raise security, the plaintiff and the witnesses enter the courtroom using different doors. Detainees are driven directly into the garage located under the building and brought up to the courtroom via an elevator. Jurors have also been given a separate entrance to the courtroom, enabling them to avoid passing through the public areas. The building’s basement contains eight detention cells and the three upper floors comprise offices.
The shape of the property, with its two angled corners and curved facades, is reminiscent of a large flounder. The exterior has a rustic, dark finish using stones of varying depths as cladding.
The building houses the Court of Appeal, the Regional Rent Tribunal, The Government Offices and the National Courts Administration.