United States Federal Courthouse
A quiet palette of materials, including precast concrete and large expanses of glass is used to connect to the downtown and reinforce its location within a civic precinct. The curved building form, with slender columns celebrates the openness of American society with the formal iconic association of courthouses. The building was selected for the GSA “Security and Openness” program. Required security measures for a Federal Courthouse are accommodated with minimal visibility and without compromising the sense of openness, extroversion, and transparency for a publicly accessible building. The curved colonnade enfolds the historic trees on the site and brings light and openness into the main circulation sequence. A layer of courtrooms forms the next segment of the building, followed by the most secure section which houses the judges' chambers.