Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design and Gruen Associates have shared with us their second place proposal for the highly anticipated design-build competition for the new United States courthouse in Los Angeles, California. Envisioned as an icon within the city skyline, the triangular monolith provides a sustainable, 21st century courthouse that embodies the democratic qualities of dignity, stature, transparency, openness and accessibility. Located at a pivotal node connecting the Los Angeles Civic Center, the Broadway Historic District and Bunker Hill, the 550,000 square foot courthouse is surrounded by a lush civic space that plays an important role in the existing cityscape. Read the architect’s description after the break… Historically, the design of American Courthouses has celebrated the ideals of justice and equality under the law and encouraged open public participation in the democratic process. Physically, functionally, and symbolically, the courthouse has been the centerpiece of its community. Today’s courthouses face issues that necessarily reframe the parameters of aesthetics and symbolism. Security, sustainability, and economy now significantly influence the design.
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