City of Justice, Barcelona

SAS International manufactured and supplied over 120,000m² of continuous plane suspended ceiling systems for the Barcelona City of Justice.

Key features




Ministry of Justice/GISA, Department de Justicia


David Chipperfield Architects

Main contractor

UTE Ciudad de la Justicia


Acabados de Interiores, Cornella de Llobregat, Barcelona

Completion year


System type

SAS System 140

Area M2




Product Groups

Designed by London based David Chipperfield Architects, the Barcelona City of Justice is built on the former grounds of the Headquarters of Lepanto between the municipalities of L’Hospitalet and Barcelona. Barcelona’s law court complex brings the various legal departments of the Governments of Barcelona and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat together onto one site. The project included the design of all courtroom, office and public interiors. The complex provides an efficient and adaptable facility, and the contrasting colour tones, shapes and heights of the buildings enrich the skyline.

The project covered an area of 241,520m², divided into a set of eight buildings. The four buildings that comprise the courts of Barcelona are joined by a large atrium that leads to 130 instructional courts, civil and criminal divisions. The complex comprises over 5,000m² (as commercial space designed to meet the needs arising from the operation of the City of Justice.

SAS140 was specified with a bespoke perforation layout in many sections of the complex, including administrative staff offices and lawyer/client meeting areas. The ‘hook-on tile’ system conceals the grid from below, while acoustic pads and gypsum board backing plates were factory assembled into each ceiling panel. The durable and aesthetically pleasing system has a life span in excess of 25 years and is 100% recyclable.

David Chipperfield Architects wanted to achieve a monolithic look across the ceiling plane, whilst meeting demanding acoustic requirements. In order to achieve this, a new continuous bespoke perforation layout for the tiles was specially designed and manufactured. This enabled the tile perforation pattern to run from one tile to the next, maintaining perfect pitch and alignment across the whole ceiling installation.

This project demanded strict delivery times as well as the capacity to manufacture bespoke items and a range of system components. Weekly deliveries to site averaged 6000m², reflecting the tight delivery schedule.

SAS International was uniquely able to meet the project demands of a bespoke perforation layout on the ceiling tiles and stringent acoustic requirements of 41dB for the Courts. State-of-the-art manufacturing facilities successfully delivered on these exceptional demands for this project.

Systems used