District Court will be expanded on Francuska St.

The seat of the District Court “Katowice-Wschód” will be expanded. Public invitation for architects has just been issued to prepare an urban planning and architectural design of the PLN 61 million extension.

The competition procedure will be carried out by the Regional Court in Katowice, which is a parent body of the District Court. The Regional Court is known for its monumental seat located at 38 Francuska St. which was designed by Studniarek and Pilinkiewicz from Archistudio. The building was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2011 and was chosen to the top 40 best Brick Buildings in 2010.

The extension will be built east from the existing seat located at 70A Francuska St., in front of the Silesian hotel. The Court borders the 73 meters tall building refurbished in 2010. The new building will cover an area of 7 600 sq. meters and will have six storeys including an underground level. About 300 people will work in the new seat.

Together with the existing facility, the Court on Francuska St. will have 9 700 sq. meters to be put at disposal of approximately 480 employees.

The architectural studios can apply for participation in the competition by 25th of February, 2013. Qualified architects chosen by the jury will be allowed to enter the urban planning and architectural design of the building by 20th of May, 2013. The winning firm will prepare a detailed project of the new seat.

According to the Court representatives, the construction work is expected to be kicked-off in 2015. The estimated cost of the works will amount to gross PLN 61 million.