Nantes’ unique courthouse is well worth a visit—if you don’t mind unsettling optical illusions (think Inception) and the overall oppressing atmosphere. The dominant colours, black and red, kind of give you a strange idea of the judicial system: the courthouse looks like a jail! The implacable geometry and play of light and shadow were supposed to reflect the power and force of the justice system—I find it creepy and oppressive.
This courthouse is fairly new but it already looks like it is falling apart. Upstairs, where all the offices are, the red walls need a fresh coat of paint and the carpets are used. And I sure wouldn’t like being the one cleaning the shiny floors!
We spotted a few lawyers in full attire with their robes, as well as worried-looking people hanging around the courthouse, smoking cigarettes and checking their messages on their cell—waiting for a verdict, maybe. It felt like being in one of these legal series French love watching on TV!