United States Courthouse Austin, Texas

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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

USA

Local Authority Area

Not in UK/ROI

Information about this scheme

Occupying a full city block directly west of Republic Square Park and southwest of the state capital, the nine story cubic building form exemplifies the stability, dignity, strength, and coherence of the United States judicial system. The defining feature of the courthouse is the introduction of natural light into and views out of all public spaces: the courtrooms, jury assembly and deliberation rooms, attorney/ witness conference rooms. The courthouse is unique in its volumetric arrangement of the courtrooms. Level four marks the beginning of a rotated and interlocking courtroom distribution. Floor to floor heights of levels four through seven accommodate two levels of office and chamber spaces while courtrooms attain their required ceiling heights by penetrating the floor above.  Like courtrooms, magistrate or district, are stacked vertically, yielding a rationally organized plan and structural system.  One district courtroom and one magistrate courtroom reside on each level and share double height public lobbies with views southeast to the Hill Country and northwest to downtown Austin and the state capitol. Articulated wood panels of pecan, the state tree of Texas, announce and clad the courtrooms, the judge’s chambers and upper public lobbies. “The Austin Wall” by artist Clifford Ross is a glory of colour, light, and image capturing the Austin Spirit.  An integral part of the architecture, the painted, and stained-glass wall graces the first-floor lobby separating the main lobby from jury assembly. The lower portion of the wall features an image of the nearby Hill Country and opens to join the lobby with jury assembly forming a generous special events and public use space.

Credits

Architect

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Services Engineer

Page

Services Engineer

Page

Structural Engineer

Architectural Engineers Collaborative

Structural Engineer

Architectural Engineers Collaborative

Main Contractor

White Construction Company

Main Contractor

White Construction Company

Landscape Architect

Hargreaves Associates

Landscape Architect

Hargreaves Associates

Sustainability Consultant

Center for Maximum Potential Building

Lighting Design

LAM Partners

Acoustic Consultant

Shen Milson & Wilke

Exterior Wall Consultant

Curtainwall Design Consultants

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Rolf Jensen Associates

Primary Use Class

Class D1g - Public Hall or Exhibition Centre